Canada Fund for Local Initiatives

Application Process Now Closed. New submissions will be accepted in spring/summer 2020.

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) funds small but visible, high impact, results-oriented projects that are proposed and implemented by local NGOs and other grassroots organizations. CFLI is a responsive, flexible program. 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.

What Types of Projects Will CFLI Fund?

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

  • Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
  • Inclusive governance, including diversity, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
  • Peace and security, with a focus on conflict prevention and building peace.
  • Environment and climate action focusing on adaptation and mitigation, as well as on water management.

Emphasis will be placed on innovative, accountable and sustainable projects. Initiatives aimed at producing concrete results will be prioritized over sensitization workshops and training sessions with limited audiences.

CFLI only provides contributions for project-related expenses covered by a Contribution Agreement. It does not cover overhead costs such as those related to the administration of an organization, ongoing or recurring projects, large-scale construction, or general budgetary needs.

There is also a Humanitarian Reserve that may accommodate requests for small scale relief and reconstruction from humanitarian disasters.

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.

Available Funding

Project funding usually ranges from $15,000-$25,000 CAD per project, up to a maximum of $50,000.

Process to Submit a Proposal

Details will be provided in spring/summer 2020.