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The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives - Pakistan

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

The High Commission of Canada in Pakistan is pleased to launch a new call for proposals for innovative locally designed initiatives under the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).

This call is for small-scale high impact project proposals designed to advance the following thematic priorities:

Please read the information below carefully to determine if your organization and project are eligible for consideration.  

Program Description

The CFLI program is designed to support small-scale, high-impact projects in developing countries, which align with Global Affairs Canada’s thematic priority areas for engagement, and which support positive bilateral relations between Canada and Pakistan and its civil society by deepening contacts and supporting local endeavours.

The program is directed at projects conceived and designed predominantly by local partners.

Projects are selected and approved by the Canadian High Commission in Islamabad.

This call is the second of two calls for proposals for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) for 2020-21. The first call for proposals, which closed on June 14, 2020, focused on COVID-19 related projects.

Normally, CFLI project funding is approximately $20,000 CAD per project. Consult the currency converter for local currency equivalents. Smaller or larger projects may also be considered, depending on the proposed initiative and assessed capacity of the implementing partner. Please note that all contributions are made in Canadian dollars and then converted to the local currency.

How to apply

Organizations eligible to apply for CFLI funding

The CFLI looks to fund innovative projects that deliver measurable results.

Eligible recipients include:

The majority of CFLI funding will 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.

Thematic priorities

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

Successful proposals should be innovative and high impact and demonstrate a link to larger initiatives or potential for systematic reform. The projects should demonstrate sustainability and community ownership, such as through community participation or in-kind contributions.

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 GBA will require applicants to:

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. 

Eligible costs

The following project costs are eligible for CFLI funding:

The following costs are not eligible for CFLI funding:

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