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Call for Proposals for the 2018-19 Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) – Jamaica

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) supports small-scale but high-impact 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 partners. Projects are selected and approved by the relevant Canadian Embassy or High Commission.

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) program for Jamaica is administered directly through the High Commission of Canada for Jamaica, based in Kingston, Jamaica. The CFLI program is funded and administered separately from Canada’s Caribbean Regional Development Program, which covers the CARICOM countries.

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.

Thematic Priorities

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

  • ‰Environment and climate action focusing on adaptation and mitigation, as well as on water management.
  • ‰Growth that works for everyone including boys and young men, women’s economic rights, decent jobs and entrepreneurship, investing in the poorest and most vulnerable, and safeguarding economic growth.
  • ‰Peace and security, with a focus on conflict prevention and building peace.

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.

CFLI 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.

CFLI Applications and Process

  • The average contribution per individual project is expected to be in the range of CAD $10,000-$45,000.
  • Proposals must be submitted via a Project Application Form and Budget Template.
  • A Gender Based Analysis (GBA) for CFLI projects should be conducted prior to the submission of your CFLI application (see instructions above). Its findings should be shared within two pages single spaced maximum. Inadequate completion of the GBA may affect the consideration of your project proposal. 
  • Project must be completed in a maximum duration of six months (with activities completed by February 28, 2019).
  • Larger projects may be considered on an exceptional basis, with appropriate justification for use of funds
  • Requests for core funding will not be considered.

If your organization and your project meet the requirements and criteria indicated above and you wish to apply for funding from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, please write to KNGTNGR@international.gc.ca to request the forms (Project application and budget).

All applications must be submitted by August 10, 2018. We will not accept applications after this date and time. Due to the high volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

**One project submission per organization**

Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to answer individual questions and communicate with organizations unless their project is considered for approval.