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Canada Fund for Local Initiatives in Vietnam 2017-2018: Call for Proposals

The Embassy of Canada in Vietnam is launching a call for proposals for The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) to seek small-scale, targeted local projects that contribute to the achievement of Canada’s priorities for international assistance.

Information regarding project eligibility and application procedures is found below. The deadline for submission is 4 August 2017.


Eligible projects: must fall within at least one of the themes specified below:

  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.

Eligible applicants

  • local non-governmental, community and not-for-profit organizations;
  • international, intergovernmental, multilateral and regional institutions, organizations and agencies working on local development activities; and
  • Canadian non-governmental and not-for-profit organizations that are working on local development activities.

Eligible funding

Requests for core funding will not be considered. The typical contribution is expected to be in the range of CAD $15,000-$35,000 for each individual project. Larger projects may be considered on an exceptional basis, with appropriate justification for use of funds.

Eligible project duration

All project activities must be completed between the date of signature of the contribution agreement and February 28, 2018. Extensions to this date will not be considered.

How to apply?

Applicants are requested to complete the CFLI Application Form for Project Funding and to submit their proposal package to:

No later than 4 August 2018. (Applicants are encouraged to submit earlier if possible).

The proposal package should include:

  • Application for project funding by the Canada FundOnly those proposals using the indicated application form will be considered.
  • Letter of support from relevant authorities, (submission at a later stage is acceptable);
  • Letter of commitment from the implementing organization ensuring adequate human resources involvement during the project life, (submission at a later stage is acceptable).

CFLI staff will contact applicants of feasible projects to discuss the projects further or to provide guidance on further procedures.

Selection Criteria

The proposal must demonstrate that:

  • It does not include any research elements, overseas costs, or the core operations or recurrent costs of the organization;
  • It is fully supported by local authorities and an assessment was done to confirm need;
  • The project considers gender equality and environmental sustainability throughout the entire project process (in project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation);
  • The local community has been involved in the project design, and will be involved in all aspects of the project, including in the decision-making process;
  • The expected results are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time bound;
  • The participants and their roles in the project are clearly identified;
  • It is financially, operationally, and environmentally sustainable; and
  • It is cost-effective and contains a contribution from the recipient organization.

The applicant must demonstrate that it:

  • Has the organizational, financial managerial and implementation capacity to achieve the project’s expected results and ensure the sustainability thereof;
  • Is registered in Vietnam and has the support of relevant local authorities; and
  • Has a demonstrated track record/experience in the proposed area of activity or has worked previously with the target group.


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