The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives in Jordan

The deadline for submitting a proposal has now passed. We thank you for your interest.

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:

  1. Inclusive governance, including diversity, democracy, human rights and the rule of law, with a specific focus on one or more of the following areas:
    • Advance women’s leadership and decision making in governance and public sector management at all levels;
    • Strengthen legal systems and promote reforms that eliminate all forms of discrimination against women, girls, and other marginalized groups;
    • Improve access to justice for women, girls, and other marginalized groups;
    • Support citizen participation, including through innovative and technology-enabled means, to promote ownership and sustainability in social, political, and economic processes;
    • Strengthen civil society and increase democratic political participation, including that of women, youth and other marginalized groups; create and maintain, in law and in practice, a safe and enabling environment for civil society and the media (including women’s organizations and women’s rights defenders);
    • Contribute to the elimination of discrimination, prejudice, racism, intolerance and persecution by promoting respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms—including freedom of religion or belief, of expression, of peaceful assembly and of association.
  2. 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, with a specific focus on advancing women’s economic rights and leadership.

For projects addressing gender issues, applicants might consider how to ensure that men and boys can be engaged to advance empowerment of women and girls.

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 that deliver measurable results.

Gender-based analysis

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 (GBA) 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. 

Note that 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 GBA may affect the consideration of your proposal. 

Two year programming

Projects spanning two fiscal years (April 2019 - March 2021) may be permitted depending on the project objectives and complexity of activities. Funding for each of the two years, however, will be based on a separate budget for each year.

Eligible costs

The following costs are eligible within projects for CFLI funding:

The following costs are not eligible for CFLI funding:

Mission-specific information for the Embassy of Canada to Jordan in Amman

If your organization is interested in submitting a project proposal, please note the following:

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.

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