For over three decades, Canada has funded modest development assistance projects worldwide through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI). The CFLI provides financial assistance to cover part or all the costs of projects that are relatively modest in scope, scale and expense, and are generally designed, developed, proposed, and implemented by authorities or organizations of local base. This enables Canada to respond to local needs by working at the community level.
The CFLI is also a major tool of the government of Canada to strengthen relations between Canada, civil society and the local communities, helping to build networks of contacts around the world.
The High Commission of Canada in Mozambique is responsible for the CFLI Programs in Mozambique, Malawi, and Swaziland. The call for proposals for the 2018-19 CFLI for those three countries is now open.
What types of organizations are eligible to apply for CFLI funding?
Within the context of eligible countries, 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;
· Municipal, regional or national government institutions or agencies of the recipient country working on local projects;
· 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 funding, provided they are working with local partners and on local projects that are consistent with the objectives of the CFLI. Similarly, municipal, regional or national government institutions may receive funding, provided that their projects are essentially local in nature. The CFLI is always looking to fund innovative projects, which deliver measurable results.
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. Emphasis will be placed on accountable and sustainable projects that foster capacity-building, community development and empowerment. It is crucial that proposed projects demonstrate clear links to achievable outcomes. The CFLI only provides contributions to new projects, not over-head costs such as those related to the administration of an organization, ongoing, multi-year, or recurring projects, large-scale construction, and purely general budgetary needs.
Proposed projects must align with one of the following six CFLI Thematic Priorities for 2018-19:
- 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.
- Human dignity, covering health, education and nutrition.
- Growth that works for everyone, including women’s economic rights, decent jobs and entrepreneurship, investing in the poorest and most vulnerable, and safeguarding economic gains.
- Environment and climate action focusing on adaptation and mitigation, as well as on water management.
While the project proposals must focus on one of the previous Thematic Priorities for 2018-19, they may also address one of the following sub-themes:
||· Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH)
||· Mediation and Peacebuilding
|· Child, Early, & Forced Marriage (CEFM)
||· Ethnic minorities
||· Migration and Refugees
|· Clean Energy
||· Freedom of Speech/Press
|· Climate Change
||· Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls
||· Religious Freedom
|· Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
||· Rule of Law
|· Countering Violent Extremism
||· Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
||· Human Rights
||· Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights
||· Human Trafficking
||· Stabilization and Reconstruction
||· Indigenous Issues
||· Sustainable Economic Growth
||· Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT)
||· Water Issues
NEW! 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.
A Gender-Based Analysis will require 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;
- evaluate how the other identities (religion, sexuality, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, etc.) of women, men, boys and girls influence their experience of the problem;
- consult women and/or girls in the development of their project proposal, and;
- ensure that those views inform the project design.
Consultations can include, but are not limited to: speaking to women and girls from the local community; speaking to women and other individuals who work for civil society organizations that have worked in the local community; speaking to female and male decision and change-makers, who have knowledge of the local community.
Inadequate completion of a Gender-Based Analysis may affect the consideration of your proposal.
The CFLI operates on an annual cycle. Projects are typically of a shorter duration, between June and February.
NEW! Two Year Programming:
On an exceptional basis, project proposals spanning two fiscal years (April 2018 – February 2020) may be considered, depending on the project objectives and complexity of activities. Note that proposals for two-year projects will need to specify activities designated for completion in each of the two years of the project. Similarly, planned budgets will have to specify funding that will be consumed during each year of the project.
Normally, applicants may apply for up to a maximum of C$50,000 in funding per project. The average contribution in the past has been in the range of C$10,000 to C$25,000 (or equivalent in country’s local currency). In exceptional cases, projects of up to C$100,000 may be considered. Note that in such cases, particular attention will be given to the applicant organization’s capacity to fulfill the more onerous financial reporting requirements that such higher value projects entail.
The following costs are eligible within projects for CFLI funding:
· Administrative and overhead costs specifically related to the project;
· Capital and/or operating expenditures related to the lease and/or purchase and/or building of infrastructure;
· Installation, maintenance, shipping and/or transportation costs, including fuel; computers and communication devices;
· Civic education costs;
· Conference and event expenditures;
· Hospitality costs, excluding alcoholic beverages;
· Training and capacity building expenditures;
· Costs of services received by recipients;
· Outreach, communication and information dissemination costs;
· Environmental assessment costs;
· Advocacy and lobbying related costs;
· Legal costs;
· Accounting costs;
· Medical costs;
· Publishing costs;
· Radio and television broadcast fees;
· Facilities and equipment rental charges;
· Research-related costs;
· Salary costs relating to the project;
· Security costs;
· Translation and interpretation fees;
· Travel expenses, using lowest fares possible but not exceeding full fare economy class (international travel expenses must receive prior approval from the CFLI Unit);
· Lease or rental of vehicles;
· Vehicle and equipment operation, installation and/or maintenance;
· Website development and related costs;
· Miscellaneous expenses integral to the project.
The following costs are NOT eligible for CFLI funding:
· Nuclear technologies and facilities;
· Assistance to military or paramilitary organizations;
· Luxury goods;
· Direct fiscal support to a government;
· Core funding or recurrent costs of an organization;
· International travel (without prior approval from the CFLI Unit);
· Revolving funds, (that is, funds used to advance loans to individuals, i.e. microfinance);
· Expenses incurred prior to the signing of the Contribution Agreement, or after it expires.
How do I submit an application?
Request the CFLI application form by sending an email to CFLI-MPUTO@international.gc.ca with the subject “Request for Form”.
Completed applications must be submitted electronically to CFLI-MPUTO@international.gc.ca by 8:00 on May 11, 2018. Proposals submitted beyond this deadline will not be considered.
No supporting or additional documentation will be reviewed. Proposals will be evaluated and chosen by a Selection Committee on the basis of the content of the project proposal form alone.
- Proposal submission: Deadline for project proposal submission is May 11, 2018 at 08:00. Proposals must be received using the form provided, and only that form.
- All activities included in projects receiving CFLI 2018-19 financing must be fully implemented before February 28, 2019. The final report must be produced by March 15, 2019.
- For projects exceptionally approved over two CFLI cycles: All first-year activities must be fully implemented before February 28, 2019. A mid-project report must be produced by March 15th, 2019. All second-year activities must be fully implemented before February 29, 2020. The final report must be produced by March 15, 2020.
For More Information:
Regarding projects proposals for Mozambique and Swaziland: please send a message to email@example.com .
Regarding project proposals for Malawi: please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org