Canada Fund for Local Initiatives in Nigeria, Sao Tome & Principe, and Equatorial Guinea

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) is a program designed to fund small-scale bilateral projects in Official Development Assistance (ODA) eligible countries, which align with Global Affairs Canada’s thematic priority areas for engagement. The program is directed at projects conceived and designed by local entities. Projects are selected and approved by the relevant Canadian Embassy or High Commission. 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:

  • Championing human rights (particularly women and girls, and LGBTI), inclusive and accountable governance, democracy, peaceful pluralism and respect for diversity;
  • Promoting action on the environment, including water and climate change;
  • Promoting peace and security.

Organizations eligible to apply for CFLI Funding

Within the context of eligible countries, 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 for a contribution, 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 from the CFLI Unit)
  • 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 from the CFLI Unit),
  • revolving funds, (that is, funds used to advance loans to individuals, i.e. microfinance),
  • expenses incurred prior to the signing of the CA, or after it expires.

Additional information:

The High Commission of Canada in Nigeria is responsible for CFLI implementation in Nigeria, Sao Tome & Principe, and Equatorial Guinea.  The maximum funding amount is $50,000 per project, but the average amount approved is typically much less.  The project cycle varies from year-to-year, but is generally on the following schedule:

  • May-July:  Call for proposals
  • July-August:  Projects approved and contribution agreements signed
  • August-February:  Project implementation and monitoring
  • End of March: Close of financial year and all reporting complete

Typically each year less than 10 projects are approved.  Given the very high level of interest in CFLI, the call for proposals is distributed by invitation only.

For more information on CFLI for Nigeria, Sao Tome & Principe, and Equatorial Guinea please contact cfli.nigeria@gmail.com or grabuja@international.gc.ca.

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