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).

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. 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

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

Thematic priorities

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:

Thematic priorities for the Gambia, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau and Guinea

All projects must align with 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 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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