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 the first of two calls for proposals for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI). This call for proposals aims to fund projects that specifically seek to address issues related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic focusing on improving Pakistan’s ability to prevent, respond and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 at local level.

Program Description

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.

An envelope of approximately $80,000 Canadian Dollars is available for up to 2-4 COVID-19 projects. Normally, CFLI project funding is approximately $20,000 Canadian Dollars per project. Smaller or larger projects may also be considered, depending upon the proposed initiative and assessed capacity of the implementing partner.

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How to apply

Organizations eligible to apply for CFLI funding

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 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.

Thematic priorities

All projects must align with the following CFLI thematic priority:
For 2020-2021, the Canadian High Commission will prioritize some projects which respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and which focus on improving Pakistan’s ability to prevent, respond and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 at the local level.

Emphasis will be placed on projects that propose innovative and sustainable activities, or that are designed to be catalytic in testing concepts.

*To note: projects that focus on one-time direct donations are not eligible for CFLI funding.

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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