The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives – Senegal (including Senegal, The Gambia, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau and Guinea)
The deadline for submitting a proposal has now passed. We thank you for your interest.
The Embassy of Canada in Senegal is pleased to launch its annual call for proposals for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) for each of its five countries of accreditation (Senegal, the Gambia, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau and Guinea).
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. 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 $30,000 to 60,000 Canadian Dollars. 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. In certain cases, successful candidates may be asked to open a bank account in an international currency, such as the U.S. dollar or the Euro, in order to avoid technical difficulties with cross-border bank transfers.
How to apply
- All projects must be completed between the date of signature of the Contribution Agreement and February 28th, 2021.
- The deadline for submission was June 21st, 2020 at 23:59 (GMT). 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.
- 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. The proposed project budget should summarize the proposed activities and associated costs.
- 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, with a copy to DAKARCFLI/FCIL@international.gc.ca.
- Project applications are kept on file at missions in accordance with Global Affairs Canada’s information management policies.
- Two-year programming: Projects spanning two fiscal years (July 2020 to March 2022) may be permitted on an exceptional basis, depending on the project objectives and the complexity of activities. Note that the average CFLI contribution will remain the same regardless of the project’s duration.
Organizations eligible to apply for CFLI funding
Eligible recipients include:
- Local, national or community-based organization (non-governmental and not-for-profit)
- 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. The CFLI is always looking to fund innovative projects that deliver measurable results.
Given the global threat posed by the current COVID-19 pandemic and the difficulty for organizations to implement traditional programming in this context, the projects selected will have to take account of the limits imposed by local restrictions on social distancing and ensure the health and well-being of the representatives of the organizations, the beneficiaries and their communities.
Thematic priorities for Senegal
All projects to be implemented in Senegal must align with at least one of the following CFLI thematic priorities:
- inclusive governance, including diversity, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
- environment and climate action.
Thematic priorities for the Gambia, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau and Guinea
All projects must align with one of the following CFLI thematic priorities,
- gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
- inclusive governance, including diversity, democracy, human rights and the rule of law (in The Gambia we will prioritize projects that address transitional justice issues).
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
- environmental assessment costs
- facilities and equipment rental charges
- hospitality costs, excluding alcoholic beverages
- installation, maintenance, shipping and/or transportation costs, including fuel, computers and communication devices
- lease or 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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