Canada Fund for Local Initiatives – Philippines 

April 28, 2016

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) is a competitive facility providing short term direct funding assistance to community groups, non-government organizations, people’s organizations and in exceptional cases, international NGOs, and government institutions for small projects addressing governance, democracy, capacity-building, economic, and other social development issues.

CFLI Priority themes for the Philippines this year are the following:

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

CFLI can provide up to a maximum of PhP 1 million per approved project.  In exceptional cases, CFLI can approve up to PhP 2 million per project.

Project Implementation period is limited – all project activities must be completed before February 27, 2017.

Applications must meet the following specific requirements and respond to ANY of the themes indicated above:

  1. viability and ability to complete the project within the specified time frame;
  2. clarity and alignment of project objectives to the CFLI themes;
  3. relevance and extent of beneficiary participation in project planning and implementation;
  4. innovativeness and cost-effectiveness of the project;
  5. track record and the reputation of proponent organization;
  6. copy of the organization’s registration (SEC, CDA, BRW, DOLE, etc)

Eligible activities must be directly related to the project delivery. The following are examples of eligible types of activities: 

  • conducting advocacy
  • providing training or education
  • providing technical expertise
  • conducting research and/or reporting
  • providing or repairing infrastructure
  • providing equipment
  • delivering supplies
  • in exceptional cases, providing support for humanitarian assistance efforts

CFLI funds can be disbursed to cover costs that are integral to a project covered by a contribution agreement. The CFLI cannot be used to pay for operating costs or ongoing expenses of an organization (i.e. salaries, utilities, rent, etc.).

The following list of costs is indicative of the types of costs that are eligible under the Program provided they are directly related to the project:

  • administrative and overhead costs directly 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 related directly to the project (not to the organization);
  • security costs, translation and interpretation fees;
  • travel expenses (domestic), using lowest fares possible but not exceeding full fare economy class;
  • 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/not eligible for CFLI funding:

  • nuclear technologies and facilities;
  • assistance to military or paramilitary organizations;
  • gifts and luxury goods;
  • direct fiscal support to a government;
  • core funding or recurrent costs of an organization;
  • expenses incurred prior to the signing of the contribution agreement.

* Please note that administrative/overhead costs (including administrative salaries) should not exceed 14% - 18% of the total funding requested from CFLI.

Applications will be assessed for approval on their merits by a Selection Committee. Final selection of projects will be made by the Head of Mission.

Due to the large number of applicants, only the successful candidates may be contacted.

Applications received after the deadline shall not be considered.   

To submit a proposal, please complete the updated CFLI FY16/17 Application Form

Proposals can be sent through e-mail, mail or hand-delivery on or before 1:00 p.m., May 13, 2016 to the following address: 

Canada Fund for Local Initiatives
c/o Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Service (FPDS)
Embassy of Canada
Level 7 Tower 2 RCBC Plaza
6819 Ayala Avenue, Makati City