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The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives in Iraq

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The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) supports small-scale, high-impact projects, in developing countries. The program is directed at projects conceived and designed predominantly by local partners. Projects are selected and approved by the relevant Canadian Embassy or High Commission.

Thematic Priorities

All projects must align with at least one of the following CFLI thematic priorities:

Organizations eligible to apply for CFLI Funding

Within the context of eligible countries, eligible recipients include:

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.

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: a) 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, b) consult women and/or girls in the development of their project proposal, and c) 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. 

Eligible Costs

The following costs are eligible within projects for CFLI funding:

The following costs are NOT eligible for CFLI funding:

Mission-Specific Information

Proposals should be submitted in English or French by e-mail to: (

Total amount covering the program for FY 2019-2020 is 159,000.00 CAD, the average funding amount for each proposal is 35,000.00 - 45,000.00 CAD. Financial proposals should be presented in Canadian Dollars (CAD).  Consult the currency converter for local currency equivalents.

Application deadline is June 1st 2019. Final date for activities to be completed February 28, 2020. Recipient End of Project Report, including Financial Report submitted to Mission to activate final payment March 15, 2020. Expiration Date of Contribution Agreements April 30, 2020.

Project applications are kept on file at missions in accordance with Global Affairs Canada’s information management policies.

Due to the high volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

For advice and assistance on how to make a submission please contact:

Canada Fund for Local Initiatives Coordinator (CFLI Coordinator)

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