Canada Fund for Local Initiatives – Ghana 2018-2019

The application process is now closed.

Closing Date: July 29th, 2018, 12:00 (midnight), local time in Accra

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) supports small-scale but high-impact and results-oriented projects in developing countries, which align with the six action areas that guide the Government of Canada’s international assistance.  The program is directed at projects conceived and designed predominantly by local civil society organizations (CSOs) and other grassroots organizations.

Thematic Priorities

All projects must align with at least one of the following CFLI thematic priorities:

  • Addressing sexual and gender-based violence, with a focus on preventing Child, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM).
  • Strengthening environmental governance including through enhancing women’s participation in decision making to address climate change and environmental degradation.

Available funding

The majority of the funded projects will receive up to a maximum of CAD$35,000.  Please note this amount is in Canadian dollars.

Terms of Projects

All projects MUST be completed before 28 February, 2019.  We encourage applicants to take this deadline into account when designing and submitting their proposals.

Organizations eligible to apply for CFLI Funding:

Within the context of eligible countries, eligible recipients include:

  • 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. 

The majority of CFLI funding is to be directed toward local civil society organizations (including non-governmental organizations) and other institutions working at the local level. Other entities, such as international, intergovernmental, multilateral and regional organizations can be eligible for funding, provided they are working with local partners and on local projects that are consistent with the objectives of the CFLI. Similarly, municipal, regional or national government institutions may receive funding, provided that their projects are essentially local in nature. 

The CFLI is always looking to fund innovative projects, which deliver measurable results. 

New! Gender-Based Analysis (GBA)

In 2017, Canada adopted a Feminist International Assistance Policy to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls as the most effective way to reduce poverty and build a more inclusive, peaceful and prosperous world. In alignment with this policy, a Gender-Based Analysis will be a required element of the CFLI project application process. The purpose of this change is to enhance the gender equality outcomes of the CFLI Program.

A Gender-Based Analysis will require applicants to: a) consider how women, girls, men, and boys are affected differently by the problem their project is aiming to address, including to ensure the project does not cause harm, b) consult women and/or girls in the development of their project proposal, and c) ensure that those views inform the project design. 

*Consultations can include, but are not limited to: speaking to women and girls from the local community; speaking to women and other individuals who work for civil society organizations that have worked in the local community; speaking to female and male decision and change-makers, who have knowledge of the local community.

Inadequate completion of a Gender-Based Analysis may affect the consideration of your proposal. 

Eligible Costs:  

The following costs are eligible within projects for CFLI funding:

  • 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,
  • security costs,
  • translation and interpretation fees,
  • travel expenses, using lowest fares possible but not exceeding full fare economy class (international travel expenses must receive prior approval from the CFLI Unit),
  • 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 fiscal support to a government,
  • core funding or recurrent costs of an organization,
  • international travel (without prior approval from the CFLI Unit),
  • revolving funds, (that is, funds used to advance loans to individuals, i.e. microfinance),
  • expenses incurred prior to the signing of the CA, or after it expires.

Process to Submit a Proposal

  • For further details and application form contact:

Ms. Marian Tadefa-Kubabom,
Canada Fund for Local Initiatives Coordinator (Ghana CFLI Coordinator)
phone : +233-50-4169896

High Commission of Canada

  • Proposals should be submitted in English by e-mail: to the Canada Fund Coordinator, Ms. Marian Tadefa-Kubabom: with a copy to: not later than 12 midnight (GMT) Sunday, July 29, 2018.
  • Each organisation is limited to the submission of one proposal. Only those proposals using the CFLI application forms will be considered.
  • Proposals must be completed in English or French.
  • Applications will be assessed for approval on their merits by a Selection Committee based at the High Commission of Canada in Ghana. Final selection of projects will be made by the Head of Mission.

Project applications are kept on file at missions in accordance with Global Affairs Canada’s information management policies.

Due to the high volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be notified.