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Call for proposals: Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI)

2017-2018 - Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand

Program description:

The Embassy of Canada in Thailand and Canada’s Diplomatic Offices in Cambodia and Laos are pleased to launch their annual call for proposals for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).

The CFLI is a targeted small-grants program, directly managed by the Embassy of Canada in Thailand, designed to fund visible, high impact, results-oriented projects. In general, CFLI projects are locally designed and implemented, making the program highly responsive to local needs and interests.

Thematic Priorities:

Eligible CFLI projects in Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand must address one or more of the thematic priorities outlined below, based on their proposed country of implementation.

Cambodia: The CFLI thematic priorities for Cambodia in 2017-2018 are:

  1. Empowering women and girls and promoting gender equality
  2. Championing human rights, inclusive and accountable governance, democracy, peaceful pluralism, and respect for diversity
  3. Promoting peace and security 

Laos: The CFLI thematic priorities for Laos in 2017-2018 are:

  1. Promoting human development, specifically in the areas of health, nutrition, and education
  2. Championing human rights, inclusive and accountable governance, democracy, peaceful pluralism, and respect for diversity
  3. Promoting action on the environment, including water and climate change 

Thailand: The CFLI thematic priorities for Thailand in 2017-2018 are:

  1. Empowering women and girls and promoting gender equality
  2. Championing human rights, inclusive and accountable governance, democracy, peaceful pluralism, and respect for diversity
  3. Promoting action on the environment, including water and climate change

Available Funding:

The average CFLI contribution is C$15,000 to C$30,000 Canadian Dollars (C$50,000 is the maximum allocation amount for a project). Consult the currency converter for local currency equivalents. Please note that all contributions are made in Canadian dollars.

Term of Projects:

All projects must be completed between the date of signature of the Contribution Agreement and 28 February 2018. It is expected that Contribution Agreements for selected projects will be signed in August 2017.

Process to Submit a Proposal:

  • Deadline for submission is 9 June 2017 at 17h00. Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered.
  • Please fill out the CFLI application form and budget template. The required forms can be downloaded here: CFLI application template
  • Proposals should be submitted electronically to the following e-mail: canadafund.bkk@gmail.com
  • Only those proposals using the designated application form and including the required budget document will be considered.
  • Proposals must be completed in English or French.
  • As required in the project narrative of the application form, each proposal must explicitly answer all questions and summarize all project activities. The proposed project budget must reflect the costs associated with each project activity.
  • Applications will be assessed for approval on their merits by a Selection Committee.
  • Due to the large number of applicants, only the successful candidates will be contacted.

For questions about the submission process, please contact: Canada Fund for Local Initiatives Coordinator (CFLI Coordinator) E-mail: canadafund.bkk@gmail.com

Who Is Eligible to Submit a Proposal?

The following organisations and institutions are eligible to submit a proposal for a project to be carried out in Cambodia, Laos or Thailand:

  • 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 through a local office.

The majority of CFLI funding is to be directed toward local civil society organizations (including non-governmental organizations) working in Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand.

Other entities, such as international, intergovernmental, multilateral and regional organizations can be eligible for CFLI funding, provided that they are working with local partners and on local projects in Cambodia, Laos or Thailand that are consistent with the priorities of the CFLI. Similarly, municipal, regional or national government institutions may receive CFLI funding, provided that their projects are essentially local in nature.

Eligible Activities:

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

Eligible Costs: 

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 indicates the range of costs that are eligible under the Program:

  • 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 (not to the organization),
  • security costs,
  • translation and interpretation fees,
  • travel expenses, 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 eligible for CFLI funding:

  • nuclear technologies and facilities,
  • assistance to military or paramilitary organizations,
  • gifts,
  • luxury goods,
  • direct financial support to a government,
  • core funding or recurrent costs of an organization,
  • international travel, (limited cross-border travel within a region could be considered on an exceptional basis),
  • revolving funds, (that is, funds used to advance loans to individuals, i.e. microfinance),
  • expenses incurred prior to the signing of the contribution agreement, or after it expires.

Note: This Call for proposals is for projects in Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand only. Please check online for details of CFLI opportunities in other countries.

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Date Modified:
2017-05-18