The Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) 

The Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) is a non-political program established by the Government of Canada around the world in order to promote the implementation of projects aimed to improve the democratic conditions and the quality of life of the country’s most vulnerable populations.

The CFLI Program in Venezuela is an opportunity for cooperation through which the Government of Canada reaffirms its commitment to work with the Venezuelan civil society.

Social funding areas

Priority will be given to proposals of local intervention or social research focused on the following themes:

  • Human development: projects promoting the creation of appropriate circumstances to assist people in a vulnerable condition in areas such as health, nutrition, and migrations. Consideration will be given to initiatives that propose not only assistance but also activities to address the situation in a sustainable way.
  • Civil Society: projects aimed to strengthening the abilities of human rights organizations in the Venezuelan civil society during highly complex times.
  • Democracy: projects encouraging participation in public life and promotion of areas such as access to justice, government transparency, and access to information.

Application and selection process

  1. Send a profile of the proposal in the application format that should be requested at
  2. The CFLI local team will assess each of the profiles received and the selected ones will be contacted in order to move into a second stage of the selection process.
  3. Only the selected projects will be contacted in order to provide the format corresponding to the second phase, in which they will be able to present their projects in more detail.
  4. The selection committee will assess the pre-selected proposals and will make a decision on the organizations that will be supported during fiscal year 2021-2022.

Selection Criteria

  • Vision: proposals should have a long-term reach entailing to have an impact long after the funding completion and after the accompaniment of the organization to the final audience. 
  • Attending to the structural aspect: the initiatives should undergo a strategic analysis of the interest problem to be solved and the proposal should address, within the organization’s capacity, the causes producing the identified needs.
  • A development approach: the initiative should aim to contribute developing abilities in the recipients in order to address the dynamics of poverty and inequality. 

Profile of eligible organizations

  • 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. 

Relevant periods

  • Period for reception of proposals – Phase I: 1 April 2022 to 15 May 2022 at 11:59PM.
  • Period for reception of proposals – Phase II: Will be disclosed to pre-selected organizations only.
  • Project execution starting date: 15 August, 2022.
  • Project completion end date: 28 February, 2023.