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 for Child and Youth Protection Initiatives in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) is launching a call for proposals for child and youth protection initiatives in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The total amount of funding available under the call is fifteen million Canadian dollars (CAD $15,000,000), to be disbursed over a period of up to five years.

Based on the availability of funds, DFATD will fund projects valued at between three million Canadian dollars (CAD $3,000,000) and seven million Canadian dollars (CAD $7,000,000) and that will be implemented over a period of three to five years.

The deadline for proposal submissions is October 22, 2015, at 3:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4).

From Farms to Markets in South Sudan

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) is launching a call for proposals for food security initiatives in South Sudan. The total amount of funding available under this call is up to forty million dollars ($40,000,000). All figures in this document are in Canadian dollars.

Based on the availability of funds, DFATD will fund projects valued at between six million dollars ($6,000,000) and eight million dollars ($8,000,000), which will be implemented over a period of up to three years, not including an additional three-month project close-out period.

DFATD may decide to fund any number or none of the proposals submitted for consideration.

The deadline for proposal submissions is August 14, 2015, at 3 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4).

Improving maternal and newborn health in underserved areas in Tanzania

The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) is launching a call for proposals to improve maternal and newborn health in underserved areas of Tanzania. The total amount of funding available for the call is up to seventy-five million Canadian dollars (CAD$75,000,000) to be disbursed over a period of up to five years (Canadian fiscal years 2015-2016 to 2019-2020).

Based on the availability of funds, DFATD will fund projects valued between eight (8) million Canadian dollars (CAD$8,000,000) and twelve (12) million Canadian dollars (CAD$12,000,000) to be implemented over a period of three to five years.

The deadline for proposal submissions is August 14, 2015, at 4:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4).

Promoting the Advancement of Women and Girls’ Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) is launching a call for proposals on Promoting the Advancement of Women and Girls’ Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan. This call for proposals is valued at up to thirty million Canadian dollars (C$30,000,000) over a period of five years, from 2016–2017 to 2020–2021. DFATD intends to contribute funding ranging from a minimum of three million Canadian dollars (C$3,000,000) to a maximum of six million Canadian dollars (C$6,000,000) to each selected project. Selected projects must be fully completed, including all project reporting requirements, by March 31, 2021.

DFATD may decide to fund any number or none of the proposals submitted for consideration.

The submission deadline is October 22, 2015, 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4). Proposals received after the deadline will not be accepted.

Women's Economic Empowerment in Egypt

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) is launching a call for proposals for Women's Economic Empowerment in Egypt. This call is valued at up to fifteen million Canadian dollars (C$15,000,000). DFATD intends to contribute funding ranging from a minimum of three million Canadian dollars (C$3,000,000) to a maximum of ten million Canadian dollars (C$10,000,000) toward projects to be implemented over a period up to five years. Organizations must have the ability to work in English.

DFATD may decide to fund any number or none of the proposals submitted for consideration.

The deadline for submissions is October 21, 2015, at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4). Proposals received after the deadline will not be accepted.

Women's Economic Empowerment in Jordan

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) is launching a call for proposals for Women's Economic Empowerment in Jordan. This call is valued at up to fifteen million Canadian dollars (C$15,000,000). DFATD intends to contribute funding ranging from a minimum of three million Canadian dollars (C$3,000,000) to a maximum of ten million Canadian dollars (C$10,000,000) toward projects to be implemented over a period of up to five years. Organizations must have the ability to work in English.

DFATD may decide to fund any number or none of the proposals submitted for consideration.

The deadline for submissions is October 21, 2015, at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4). Proposals received after the deadline will not be accepted.

Women’s Economic Empowerment in Morocco

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) is launching a call for proposals for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Morocco. This call is valued at up to fifteen million Canadian dollars ($15,000,000). DFATD intends to contribute funding ranging from a minimum of three million Canadian dollars (C$3,000,000) to a maximum of ten million Canadian dollars (C$10,000,000) toward projects to be implemented over a period of up to five years. Organizations must have the ability to work in French.

DFATD may decide to fund any number or none of the proposals submitted for consideration.

The deadline for submissions is October 21, 2015, at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4). Proposals received after the deadline will not be accepted.

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-4).

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