Canada Fund for Local Initiatives

The High Commission is now accepting Canada Fund proposals for  2016-2017.  Applications will close on July 29, 2016. The final date for projects to be completed is February 28, 2017.

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) provides support to small scale, short-term projects in the Pacific by working with local, national and international NGOs and other organisations. The CFLI focuses on funding projects with long-term, sustainable goals that support and strengthen communities at the local level. Recipient organisations are expected to make a contribution in cash or in kind. The program is widely recognised as making a significant contribution to genuine development and capacity-building in the region.

The program is managed directly by the High Commission of Canada in Wellington, New Zealand for projects in the following Pacific Island countries:

  • Fiji
  • Kiribati
  • Samoa
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu

Within Canada's thematic priorities for international assistance, the High Commission of Canada in Wellington will focus on supporting projects in the following key areas in 2016-2017:

  • Championing inclusive and accountable governance, peaceful pluralism and respect for diversity, and human rights;
  • Promoting gender equality and empowerment of women and girls;
  • Addressing climate change and enhancing environmental sustainability;
  • Stimulating sustainable and green economic growth; and
  • Promoting stability and security

The CFLI only provides contributions to projects, not over-head costs such as those related to the administration of an organisation, ongoing or recurring projects, large-scale construction, or purely general budgetary needs.

The majority of projects we support fall in the Canadian $5,000 to $30,000 range (with a maximum support of $50,000). We encourage project proposals focused on the above mentioned areas and will also consider project proposals with broader regional reach.

You can obtain the guidelines and applications for the CFLI by contacting the CFLI Coordinator: 

CFLI Coordinator
High Commission of Canada 
PO Box 8047
Wellington 6143, New Zealand
Telephone: (64 4) 495-4117


Note: The High Commission of Canada in Canberra administers the CFLI in the following countries: Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Nauru, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, and Republic of the Marshall Islands.

For further information or to submit a proposal, please contact:

CFLI Coordinator
High Commission of Canada
Commonwealth Avenue
Canberra, ACT, 2600
Telephone: (61 2) 6270-4077