Canada Fund for Local Initiatives Call for Proposals 2017-2018

Application Process Now Closed. New submissions will be accepted in spring 2018.

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) funds small but visible, high impact, results-oriented projects that are proposed and implemented by local NGOs and other grassroots organizations. CFLI is a responsive, flexible program. This enables Canada to respond to local needs by working at the community level. Equally important, the CFLI serves to strengthen Canada’s relationships with civil society and local communities and to build networks of contacts in countries around the world.

What Types of Projects Will CFLI Fund?

Projects must address the identified needs of local communities, and must fall within one of the following 2017-2018 CFLI priorities:

  • Empowering women and girls and promoting gender equality;
  • Championing human rights, 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.

Emphasis will be placed on innovative, accountable and sustainable projects. Initiatives aimed at producing concrete results will be prioritized over sensitization workshops and training sessions with limited audiences.

CFLI only provides contributions for project-related expenses covered by a Contribution Agreement. It does not cover overhead costs such as those related to the administration of an organization, ongoing or recurring projects, large-scale construction, or general budgetary needs.

There is also a Humanitarian Reserve that may accommodate requests for small scale relief and reconstruction from humanitarian disasters.

Available Funding

The maximum contribution is Canadian $50,000. Smaller requests will be considered.

Process to Submit a Proposal

Details will be provided in spring 2018.