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Canada Fund for Local Initiatives: 2018 – 2019 call for proposals

Recipient Country - Uganda

Call opens - June 25, 2018

Deadline for submission for applications - July 20, 2018

The High Commission of Canada in Kenya is pleased to announce the call for proposals for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) for the 2018-2019 funding cycle.

The average contribution is expected to be in the range of CAD $15,000-$20,000 for each individual project. Larger projects may be considered on an exceptional basis. The average duration of a CFLI project is six (6) consecutive months, with all project activities to be completed by February 28, 2019. However, longer projects may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

I. Eligibility Criteria

  • Please note that 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.
  • Project proposals with regional reach will be eligible for the CFLI when relevant.
  • Please note that requests for core administrative funding and infrastructure projects will not be considered.
  • The CFLI is always looking to fund innovative projects, which deliver measurable results.

II. Thematic priorities

The Fund will grant applications in the areas that address identified needs of local communities that fall within one or more of the 2018-2019 CFLI priorities listed below for Uganda.

The Government of Canada is strongly committed to supporting gender equality and empowerment of women and girls; thus, these considerations should be taken into account under each priority.

1. Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

Under this thematic priority, initiatives could include but not limited to projects that:

  • Address sexual and gender-based violence, including child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting 
  • Provide support to women’s rights organisations and movements for delivering their agendas and programs; strengthening their institutional capacity and sustainability; building networks and alliances; and advocating for their role, participation and leadership in policy dialogue at all levels and as partners in the design and implementation of initiatives in all sectors. 
  • Support evidence-based policy-making, legal frameworks and program delivery for gender equality strengthening the capacity and systems of state and non-state actors to advance gender equality 
  • Support efforts to recognize the economic rights of women; promoting women’s equitable access to and control over land and resources, decent work and equal pay; supporting advocacy efforts that advance more equitable workloads in the workplace and at home; strengthening women’s voices and leadership in advancing women’s economic rights 
  • Support efforts to promote women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership and political participation at all levels of decision-making and in all spheres of life.

2. Inclusive governance, including diversity, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

Under this thematic priority, initiatives could include but not limited to projects that:

  • Support efforts that strengthen democracy, public participation, respect for diversity, accountability, equity, equality, equitable access to a functioning Justice System, adherence to rule of law, public services that work for everyone, promoting and protecting human rights in all levels of society.
  • Support efforts by institutions, to ensure processes, programs, and services are accessible, affordable, accountable, and responsive to all people, particularly to the most vulnerable and most marginalized.

III. Gender Based Analysis

In line with the efforts to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, each applicant is required to conduct a Gender Based Analysis and submit the findings (two pages maximum) as a part of their application.

The Gender Based Analysis requires applicants to:

  • 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; 
  • Consult women and/or girls in the development of their project proposal; and, 
  • Ensure that those views inform the project design.

To access the application forms, please send an email to:

IV. How to apply

  • Complete the project application including a Gender Based Analysis and budget forms with necessary details about project activities and spending. Note that only complete applications will be considered.
  • All applications must be submitted by end of day Friday July 20, 2018, to the Email: Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Regional/multi country proposals will be considered.


Please do not hesitate to contact our team via email: for more information about the program priorities and the application process.

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