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Canada Fund for Local Initiatives - New Zealand, Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu

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

The High Commission of Canada in New Zealand is pleased to launch its annual call for proposals for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) in the following countries:

Program description

The CFLI is a program designed to support small-scale but high-impact projects in developing countries, which align with Global Affairs Canada’s thematic priority areas. The program is directed at projects conceived and designed predominantly by local partners. Projects are selected and approved by the High Commission of Canada in New Zealand. 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.

The average CFLI contribution is $5,000 to $30,000 Canadian Dollars (CAD$50,000 is the standard maximum allocation amount for a project eligible under CFLI). Please note that all contributions are made in Canadian dollars and then converted to local currency.

How to Apply

Stage 1: Concept notes

Stage 2: Application form

General information

Organizations eligible to apply for CFLI funding

Eligible recipients include:

The majority of CFLI funding is 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. Project proposals with regional reach will be eligible for the CFLI when relevant.

The CFLI is always looking to fund innovative projects, which deliver measurable results.

Thematic Priorities

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

Gender-Based Analysis

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 Gender-Based Analysis will require applicants to:

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 Gender-Based Analysis may affect the consideration of your proposal.

Eligible Costs

The following project costs are eligible for CFLI funding:

The following costs are not eligible for CFLI funding:

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