Canada Fund for Local Initiatives – Call for Proposals 2021-2022

Recipient country: Republic of Moldova

For over 3 decades, Canada has funded modest-scale development assistance projects in over 120 countries through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI). The CFLI in the Republic of Moldova supports small projects proposed and implemented by local NGOs and other community-based organizations that address identified needs of local communities.

To be considered, projects must be strongly aligned with the funds’ strategic priorities for the Republic of Moldova, focusing on:

  • media freedom and an improved media environment for journalists, or
  • inclusive governance, democracy and rule of law.

Please note that funding will be available for projects with a duration of 1 year.

  • Proposed projects should have a budget within the range of CAD $15,000 to CAD $45,000 and be completed no later than February 15, 2022.

Preference will be given to projects with self-sustaining activities that continue after CFLI funding ends, as well as to projects which display concrete and tangible outcomes.

Gender equality is an additional objective of the CFLI program. Preference will be given to projects which promote the equal participation of women and/or girls at all stages of the project, from design through execution.

Project contributions must be used for the purposes intended. Projects should be unique and not duplicate or correct other projects, or provide additional Canadian funding to projects already funded by the Government of Canada. Funds cannot be used to represent the recipient's contribution for the purpose of receiving funding from another group. Projects may be considered that form one component of a larger project led by another donor organization.

Project funds are to be spent in-country, and required materials and supplies are to be procured locally. The program is not intended to finance study tours, core funding or recurrent organizational costs, or to benefit privately owned firms or enterprises. CFLI is not to be used to fund Canadian experts, civil servants or private sector professionals to visit the host country for short-term work (seminars, technical cooperation, etc.). Funding for local participation in regional conferences or local training seminars is permitted, particularly if these are Canadian-sponsored. Feasibility studies are not eligible for CFLI funding.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted by email at and should include the following:

  • A cover page that provides the name of applicant organization, the title of the proposed project, the location of the proposed project, and the key objective/outcomes of the proposed project (in 1-2 sentences).
  • The application must clearly address the CFLI strategic priority outlined above, and the total amount of the proposed budget.
  • A broad description of the project by filling-in the form attached - follow the link: (CFLI Project Application for Funding Form). Incomplete applications (i.e. applications which fail to fully address all points in the application form) will not be taken into consideration. Project proposals must be submitted in either English or French. The template must be fully completed and accompanied by all requested supporting documentation.
  • Budget proposal should be presented in Canadian Dollars (CAD). Note: organizations that are selected will be asked for more detailed budgets for the project in Excel format and accounting of all funds spent must be included in a final report to be submitted upon completion of the project.
  • The subject line of the application should read: “Application for Funding (project title)”

Application deadline

The deadline to apply is April l2, 2021 at 08.00 a.m., Eastern European Time.

Proposals received after this deadline will not be taken into consideration.

Project selection

Proposals will be reviewed by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives Selection Committee and successful applicants will be invited to sign a contribution agreement. The agreement will specify the CFLI contribution in Canadian dollars (CAD); CFLI is not responsible for losses incurred by exchange rate fluctuation. The organization must submit detailed financial and narrative reports to the Government of Canada at the mid-point and project termination, and return any unused funds. Expenses incurred prior to the signing of the contribution agreement are not eligible for funding. Aditional information can be obtained by

Organizations eligible to apply for CFLI funding

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives is intended to strengthen and fund the development activities of non-governmental organizations or other types of community groups based in the Republic of Moldova only. Assistance to individuals and private businesses is not provided.

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;
  • 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.