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Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) Program 2016-2017


Projects proposals must clearly state how the project will address at least one of the following areas of priority for 2016-17:

  • Championing inclusive and accountable governance, peaceful pluralism and respect for diversity, and human rights
  • Promoting gender equality and empowerment of women and girls
  • Addressing climate change and enhancing environmental sustainability
  • Stimulating sustainable and green economic growth
  • Promoting stability and security

Term of Project         

All project activities must be completed between the date of signature of the contribution agreement and February 28, 2017. Extensions to this date will not be considered. Final reports for projects must be submitted before March 17, 2017.

Who Is Eligible to Apply?

  • Jamaican non-governmental, community and not-for-profit organizations,
  • Jamaican academic institutions working on local projects,
  • international, intergovernmental, multilateral and regional institutions, organizations and agencies working on local Jamaican development activities,
  • municipal, regional or national government institutions or agencies of Jamaica 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 a contribution, provided that 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 CFLI funding, provided that their projects are essentially local in nature.

Eligible Costs

  • administrative and overhead costs 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 directly to the project,
  • 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 

Ineligible Costs

  • 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 (including salaries of permanent staff),
  • expenses incurred prior to the signing of the contribution agreement

How Do I Apply?

Please request an Application Form by writing to with the title “Canada Fund Application” and send back the completed application to this same email address no later than June 15, 2016.

If we have questions about your proposal we will contact you. Meetings to discuss projects are not required in advance of submission.

For More Information

If you have other questions, please send an email to the address above.