Canada Fund for Local Initiatives: Call for Proposals 2017-2018

The High Commission of Canada in Malaysia is pleased to launch its annual call for proposals for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) 2017-2018. 

The CFLI is a program designed to fund small-scale bilateral projects in Official Development Assistance (ODA) eligible countries (including Malaysia), which align with Global Affairs Canada’s thematic priority areas for engagement. The program is directed at projects conceived and designed by local organisations. Projects will be selected and approved by the High Commission of Canada in Malaysia. The CFLI also serves to support positive bilateral relations between Canada, recipient countries and their respective civil societies by deepening contacts and supporting local endeavours.

Thematic Priorities

All projects must align with at least one of the following thematic priorities:

  • Empowering women and girls and promoting gender equality;
  • Promoting human development, specifically in the areas of health, nutrition, and education;
  • Championing human rights, inclusive and accountable governance, democracy, peaceful pluralism, and respect for diversity;
  • Supporting inclusive and green economic growth;
  • Promoting action on the environment, including water and climate change; and,
  • Promoting peace and security.

Organizations eligible to apply for CFLI Funding

Eligible recipients include:

  • local non-governmental, community and not-for-profit organizations;
  • local academic institutions working on local projects;
  • international, intergovernmental, multilateral and regional institutions, organizations and agencies working on local development activities;
  • municipal, regional or national government institutions or agencies of the recipient country working on local projects; and,
  • Canadian non-governmental and not-for-profit organizations that are working on local development activities.

The majority of CFLI funding is to be directed toward local civil society organizations (including non-governmental organizations) and other institutions working at the local level. Other entities, such as international, intergovernmental, multilateral and regional organizations can be eligible provided that they are working with local partners and on local projects that are consistent with the objectives of the CFLI. Similarly, municipal, regional or national government institutions may receive CFLI funding, provided that their projects are essentially local in nature. The CFLI is always looking to fund innovative projects, which deliver measurable results.

Eligible Costs

The following costs are eligible within projects for CFLI funding:

  • administrative and overhead costs specifically related to the project;
  • capital and/or operating expenditures related to the lease and/or purchase and/or building of infrastructure;
  • installation, maintenance, shipping and/or transportation costs, including fuel, computers and communication devices;
  • civic education costs;
  • conference and event expenditures;
  • hospitality costs, excluding alcoholic beverages;
  • training and capacity building expenditures;
  • costs of services received by recipients;
  • outreach, communication and information dissemination costs;
  • environmental assessment costs;
  • advocacy and lobbying related costs;
  • legal costs;
  • accounting costs;
  • medical costs;
  • publishing costs;
  • radio and television broadcast fees;
  • facilities and equipment rental charges;
  • research-related costs;
  • salary costs relating to the project;
  • security costs;
  • translation and interpretation fees;
  • travel expenses, using lowest fares possible but not exceeding full fare economy class (international travel expenses must receive prior approval);
  • lease or rental of vehicles;
  • vehicle and equipment operation, installation and/or maintenance;
  • website development and related costs;
  • miscellaneous expenses integral to the project.

The following costs are NOT eligible for CFLI funding:

  • nuclear technologies and facilities;
  • assistance to military or paramilitary organizations;
  • gifts;
  • luxury goods;
  • direct fiscal support to a government;
  • core funding or recurrent costs of an organization;
  • international travel (without prior approval);
  • revolving funds, (that is, funds used to advance loans to individuals, i.e. microfinance);
  • expenses incurred prior to the signing of the Contribution Agreement, or after it expires.

Process to Submit a Proposal

  • Please send an email to to obtain the CFLI application form and budget template. 
  • Each organisation is limited to the submission of one proposal.
  • Only proposals made using the CFLI application format will be considered.  
  • Proposals must be completed in either English or French.
  • Proposals should be submitted electronically to: (Subject: Canada Fund 2017/18). 
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. 
  • Please direct all questions to:

Available Funding

The average contribution is in the range of CAD $15,000-$30,000 for each individual project. Larger projects may be considered on an exceptional basis, with appropriate justification for use of funds (to a maximum of CAD $50,000). Consult the currency converter for local currency equivalents. (Please note that all contributions are made in Canadian dollars). Requests for core or recurring funding will not be considered.

Closing Date

Proposals for projects will not be accepted after 11:59pm Kuala Lumpur local time on May 28, 2017. Early submissions are encouraged. Due to the high volume of applications, only successful applicants will be contacted.

Term of Projects

All project activities must be completed between the date of signature of the Contribution Agreement and February 28, 2018. Extensions to this date will not be considered. Final reports for projects must be submitted by March 16, 2018.

Project applications are kept on file at missions in accordance with Global Affairs Canada’s information management policies.