Calls for Proposals

When DFATD wishes to work with multiple partners to achieve certain results in international development, a call for proposals is launched through a notice on its website. In a call, interested parties are invited to submit proposals for international development initiatives that will contribute to the achievement of our expected results.

In all calls, there is a minimum standard for information to be provided. Some questions are asked in all calls, and some documents are requested of all applicants. These questions, and the list of obligatory documents, can be found in the Application Form posted on this website.

For each specific call pertaining to international development initiatives, there will be a specific application form posted to help applicants respond to the specific requirements of that call. For example, some calls will only be open to Canadian organizations. Some calls may specify that DFATD will only consider initiatives in a particular country or a particular sector.

When a call for proposals is launched, carefully read the information provided to ensure that you are an eligible organization to apply on that call, and that your initiative responds to the criteria specified.

For notification of future calls for proposals, please subscribe to our RSS Feed  or to our Email Notices.

Open Calls

Support to Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Ukraine

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) is launching a call for proposals to support the growth and competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Ukraine. This call is valued at as much as $30 million over a period of six years (2015–2021) and is open to Canadian organizations or Canadian-led consortia only, which could include partnership with Canadian provinces and/or Ukrainian-Canadian diaspora organizations.

The deadline for proposal submissions is August 4, 2015, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time (UTC-5).

Promotion of Rural Economic Development in the Dry Corridor of Honduras

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) is launching a call for proposals for Promotion of Rural Economic Development in the Dry Corridor of Honduras. The total amount of funding available under this call is thirty-five million dollars ($35,000,000), to be disbursed over a period of up to six years between 2016 and 2022.

The deadline for proposal submissions is July 15, 2015, at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4).

Closed Calls


Skills for Employment in La Francophonie

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) launched a Skills for Employment in La Francophonie call for proposals. This call will be worth up to $30 million for a period of five years (2015–2020).

The deadline for proposal submissions was May 14, 2015.


Partnerships for Strengthening Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) launched a Partnerships for Strengthening Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PSMNCH) call for proposals, with a total value up to $370 million.

The deadline for proposal submissions was January 15, 2015.


African Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarships Fund

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) launched its African Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarships Fund Call to solicit innovative proposals from Canadian organizations. DFATD and The MasterCard Foundation will each contribute $5 million over 5 years.

The deadline for proposal submissions was July 8, 2014.

Results from past calls


Volunteer Cooperation Program


International Youth Internship Program


International Aboriginal Youth Internships initiative



Canadian International Food Security Research Fund - Call for Concept Notes.


Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development


Global Citizens Program — International Youth Internship Program


Partners for Development — Canadian Universities


International School Twinning Initiative


Partners for Development Program — Projects Under $2M


Global Citizens Program International Aboriginal Youth Internships Initiative


Partners for Development Program — Projects $2M and Over


Haiti Recovery and Reconstruction