Canada Fund for Local Initiatives


The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) provides direct funding assistance to local non-governmental organizations and, in exceptional cases, international NGOs and government institutions, for small projects addressing gender equality and women empowerment, democratic governance, climate change and environmental sustainability, security and stability and other issues.

The High Commission of Canada in Kenya is responsible for the CFLI Program in: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda. 

For over three decades, Canada has funded modest development assistance projects in developing countries through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).  The CFLI is a program that supports small projects proposed and implemented by local NGOs and other grassroots organizations such as village councils, cooperatives and women’s groups. This enables Canada to respond to local needs by working at the community level. Equally important, the CFLI serves to strengthen Canada’s relationships with civil society and local communities and to build networks of contacts in countries around the world. The staff at the Canadian Mission look forward to working with you to implement an initiative you may have to contribute to your community’s development.

What types of organizations are eligible to apply for CFLI?

The majority of CFLI funding is directed toward local civil society organizations (including non-governmental organizations) and other institutions working at the local level.  Partners may be local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), village or neighborhood associations, economic interest groups, etc.

What types of projects will the CFLI fund?

Projects should address the identified needs of local communities and be consistent with Canada’s thematic priorities for international assistance: stimulating sustainable economic growth, increasing food security, creating opportunities for children and youth, advancing democracy and ensuring security and stability. The CFLI can also be accessed in emergency situations to assist local organizations in providing humanitarian assistance in the aftermath of natural disasters and emergencies.

 The Canada Fund also focuses on the cross-cutting themes of environmental sustainability and gender equality, so projects addressing these issues are ideal. Canada is committed to increasing the role of women in decision-making and promoting the human rights of women and girls since their rights are an inalienable, integral and indivisible part of all human rights. Similarly, environmental considerations should be taken into account whenever possible and all CFLI-funded projects will undergo a screening process to determine whether a full environmental assessment will be necessary.

Emphasis will be placed on accountable and sustainable projects that foster capacity-building, community development and empowerment. Additionally, it is crucial that proposed projects demonstrate clear links to achievable outcomes and the CFLI coordinator will work with recipients to develop results-based management strategies related to their projects.

The Canada Fund only provides contributions to projects, not over-head costs such as those related to the administration of an organization, ongoing or recurring projects, large-scale construction, and purely general budgetary needs.