Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI)-Sri Lanka and Maldives

Call for Proposals

The High Commission of Canada in Colombo is pleased to announce that it is accepting project proposals for Sri Lanka and the Maldives under the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives exercise for FY2014-15.

Please note that the deadline for receiving proposals is 4:30 pm on 15 September 2014.


The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development supports the on-going strengthening of human rights, democracy and good governance in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

What is the Canada Fund?

Effective April 1st 2012, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) is responsible for managing the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) in Sri Lanka and Maldives.

The CFLI programme was started by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in 1973, to enable Canadian missions in developing countries to finance modest-scale development assistance projects. Through the CFLI Canada has funded modest-scale development assistance projects in over 120 countries. Over the years, the CFLI has not only provided significant assistance to people in the developing world, but also helped to forge Canada’s relationships with those people, their civil societies and their institutions.

Eligible recipients of assistance

Eligible recipients include duly registered;

  • Local non-governmental, 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
  • Canadian non-governmental and not-for-profit organizations that are working on local development activities

Eligible projects

Each CFLI eligible country prepares an annual strategy at the start of each fiscal year. For Sri Lanka and Maldives for the fiscal year 2014-2015 the broad thematic areas of funding focus include:

  • Post Conflict reconciliation efforts (dialogue and awareness)
  • Human Rights (freedom of expression, disappearances, minority, language and religious rights, sexual orientation issues, awareness campaigns)
  • Democratic development and good governance, particularly by women and minority groups Preventing sexual violence and early forced marriage
  • Strengthening economic governance
  • Entrenching the rule of law and combatting the destabilizing impact of crime
  • Delivering urgent and targeted responses to disaster or emerging crises, with a focus on small-scale humanitarian support

The following categories of activities are usually not eligible for assistance under the CFLI:

  • Fellowships or scholarships for individuals to study abroad, participation of one or more in conferences abroad.
  • Direct fiscal support to government.
  • Core funding or recurrent costs of an organization.
  • Assistance to military or paramilitary organizations.
  • Cash contributions to general charity appeals, capital purchase of lands, buildings and vehicles.
  • The fiscal year for CFLI is from 01st April of a calendar year to the 31st March of the following calendar year.
  • The deadline for receiving proposals is 4.30 pm on 15 September 2014.
  • To apply for a contribution from CFLI, applicants must submit a written proposal to the High Commission of Canada in Colombo.
  • If the proposal is deemed eligible, the CFLI Coordinator will prepare the documents for the submission to the CFLI Committee.
  • Proposals will be considered on chronological basis from receipt.
  • The CFLI Committee will review and assess applications and make recommendations to the Head of Mission on approval and funding.
  • Projects must be completed within the fiscal year (April-March).
  • The applicant must demonstrate capacity to implement the project. The beneficiaries should be active participants in the planning and implementation of the project to maximize its effectiveness and long-term sustainability.
  • The applicant and the beneficiary community should within their means, make a contribution to the project including contributions in kind.
  • The project, or at least the components financed by the CFLI, should be implementable within the time period mentioned on the project proposal.
  • To diversify the projects assisted, it is not usual practice to provide supplementary or repeat contributions in the consecutive years to the same applicant or the same activity.
  • Contributions are modest with the majority of contributions less than CDN$ 50,000. The recurrent and operational costs of projects are the responsibility of the applicant/beneficiary groups. After the initial CFLI contribution, self-reliance is the goal.

Project proposal and approval

Making a request

If your project proposal conforms to the CFLI criteria above, you may wish to submit it to the High Commission of Canada in Colombo for consideration. Initial advice on project proposals can be sought from the CFLI Coordinator. Your project proposal should contain sufficient information to enable the CFLI Committee to process it quickly. The final selection decision of a project will be at the sole discretion of the CFLI Committee together with the Head of Mission.

Request for application forms should be directed to:

Canada Fund for Local Initiatives
High Commission of Canada to Sri Lanka and the Maldives
No: 33 A, 5th Lane,
Colombo 03,
Sri Lanka