The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives – Bangladesh
The deadline for submitting a proposal has now passed. We thank you for your interest.
The High Commission of Canada to Bangladesh is pleased to launch its annual call for proposals for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).
The CFLI is a program designed to support small-scale, high-impact projects in developing countries, which align with Global Affairs Canada’s thematic priority areas for engagement. 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. The CFLI also serves to support positive bilateral relations between Canada and recipient countries and their civil societies, by deepening contacts and supporting local endeavours.
All projects will be subject to funding approval from the Non-Governmental Organizations Affairs Bureau (NGOAB) of the Government of Bangladesh.
The average CFLI contribution is $15,000 to $50,000 Canadian Dollars (CAD$100,000 is the maximum allocation amount for a project eligible under CFLI). Consult the currency converter for local currency equivalents. Please note that all contributions are made in Canadian dollars and then converted to the local currency.
How to apply
- The deadline for submission was June 27, 2020 at 21:00 (GMT+7). Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered.
- Only those proposals using the designated application form and including the required budget document will be considered.
- All projects must be completed between the date of signature of the Contribution Agreement and February 28, 2021. Projects spanning two fiscal years (until March 2022) may be considered on an exceptional case-by-case basis, depending on the complexity of the activities and program objectives.
- The proposed project budget should summarize the proposed activities and associated costs. Funds requested for professional fees and project staff should not exceed 15% of the contribution sought.
- For more information on the types of activities and costs that are eligible for CFLI funding, please refer to the list of CFLI approved activities and costs.
- Proposals must be completed in English or French.
- Project proposals must explicitly answer all questions in the CFLI project application form, including the required gender-based analysis.
- Applications will be assessed for approval on their merits by a selection committee.
- Due to the large number of applicants, only the successful candidates will be contacted.
- For questions about the application process, please contact the CFLI Coordinator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organizations eligible to apply for CFLI funding
Eligible recipients include:
- Local, national or community-based organization (non-governmental and not-for-profit)
- Local municipal, regional or national government institution or agency of the recipient country
- Local academic institution
- Canadian organization (non-governmental or not-for-profit) that is working on local development activities
- International or regional organization (non-governmental or not-for-profit) that is working on local development activities
- Intergovernmental or multilateral institution, organization or agency 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 may 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 and 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.
All projects must align with at least one of the following CFLI thematic priorities:
- inclusive governance, including diversity, democracy, gender equality, 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.
For 2020-21, the CFLI can also be used to fund projects that aim to respond to the complex COVID-19 crisis. To be considered for funding, the project proposal must meet one of the CFLI Thematic Priorities. Additionally, applicants must clearly explain how the project intends to help local efforts to prepare for, respond to, and recover from the COVID-19 crisis in ‘Section B Project Narrative’ of the application form.
In 2017, Canada adopted its 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, the CFLI project application process now requires a gender-based analysis (GBA). The purpose of this change is to enhance the gender equality outcomes of the CFLI program.
A GBA will require applicants to:
- consider how women, girls, men, and boys are affected differently by the problem their project is aiming to address, ensuring, at the same time, that the project does not cause harm
- consult women and/or girls in the development of their project proposal
- ensure that the views of those women and/or girls inform the project’s design
Note that consultations can include, but are not limited to, speaking to women and girls from the local community, women and other individuals who work for civil society organizations that have worked in the local community and 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.
The following project costs are eligible for CFLI funding:
- accounting costs
- administrative and overhead costs related to the project (overhead should not exceed 15% of total CFLI contribution)
- advocacy and lobbying related costs
- capital and/or operating expenditures related to the lease and/or purchase and/or building of infrastructure
- civic education costs
- conference and event expenditures
- costs of services received by recipients
- domestic travel expenses, using lowest fares possible but not exceeding full fare economy class
- facilities and equipment rental charges
- hospitality costs, excluding alcoholic beverages
- installation, maintenance, shipping and/or transportation costs, including fuel, computers and communication devices
- rental of vehicles
- legal costs
- medical costs
- miscellaneous expenses integral to the project
- outreach, communication and information dissemination costs
- publishing costs
- radio and television broadcast fees
- research-related costs
- salary costs relating to the project
- security costs
- training and capacity building expenditures
- translation and interpretation fees
- vehicle and equipment operation, installation and/or maintenance
- website development and related costs
The following costs are not eligible for CFLI funding:
- assistance to military or paramilitary organizations
- core funding
- direct fiscal support to a government
- expenses incurred prior to the signing of the contribution agreement, or after it expires
- luxury goods
- nuclear technologies and facilities
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