The Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI)

The Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) is a non-political program established by the Government of Canada around the world in order to promote the implementation of projects designed by non-profit non-governmental organizations.

The CFLI Program in Venezuela is an opportunity for cooperation through which the Government of Canada reaffirms its commitment to work with the Venezuelan civil society. This year, we will support projects focused exclusively on the following themes:

1) Promotion of democratic values through initiatives aimed at:

  • strengthening the social fabric and / or;
  • conflict resolution, promotion of dialogue and negotiation. 

2) Promotion of human development and human rights, specifically in the areas of health, nutrition, justice and freedom of expression.

This year, the CFLI will support the implementation of projects with a deadline for execution not later than February 28, 2018.  Please note that your project must conform to a six (6) month implementation period.

Please refrain from submitting projects that do not focus on the themes selected for this year. Only those candidates whose projects have been pre-selected will be contacted.

Organizations from the interior of the country are strongly encouraged to participate in this call for proposals.

It should be emphasized that the CFLI is not aimed at assuming any roles under the responsibility of the State institutions; it is rather aimed at strengthening them. Likewise, projects that pursue a good for the individual benefit are not in the interest of the CFLI. The Fund has no political purpose, nor it is intended for religious, ethnic or gender discrimination purposes.

Non-Eligible Organizations

The CFLI funding is NOT directed toward political parties or partisan political organizations.

Below you will find a list of expenses not covered by the CFLI:

  • Purchase of land or real estate and/or construction works.  
  • Research and development programs.
  • Operating or recurring expenses such as rent, home owners association fees, electricity, water, wages, etc.
  • Requesting only perishable goods such as food, medicines, uniforms, vaccines, vitamins, diapers, etc. will not be considered to be a project.  
  • Scholarships, tuition fees, registration fees, event attendance fees, etc.
  • Debts.

Steps to Submit a Proposal for Funding before the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI)

1. Expressions of interest should be forwarded to in order to request an application form. Note: Only projects using said form shall be considered; please do not change the form structure or format.

2. Fill in the form following carefully the directions and clearly stating the problem to be solved, the solution suggested, the results expected, the way in which this will be done, and the means necessary to carry out the project. Bear in mind that projects are to be executed before February 28, 2018.  Special attention should be given to the preparation of the project cost budget.

Please send a compressed file with all requirements through email to

Submitting a project proposal does not commit the CFLI to approve a request for funds. All projects shall be examined by a Selection Committee, and approval of projects shall be made based on merits.  The Embassy of Canada will only contact those organizations whose projects have been pre-selected.

Deadline for Submitting Projects

June 21, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.

No appointments are to be given before submitting the project. However, sending an email is an alternative in case you have any queries about the CFLI.