The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives –Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Namibia and South Africa
The deadline for submitting a proposal has now passed. We thank you for your interest.
The High Commission of Canada in South Africa is pleased to launch its annual call for proposals for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).
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.
The average CFLI contribution is $15,000 to $30,000 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.
How to apply
- The deadline for submission was May 29, 2020 at 23:59 (GMT+2). Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered.
- 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.
- Each organisation is limited to the submission of one proposal.
- All projects must be completed between the date of signature of the Contribution Agreement and February 28, 2021. Projects spanning two fiscal years (April 2020 to February 28, 2022) may be permitted, depending on the project objectives and the complexity of activities.
- 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.
- Applications will be assessed for approval on their merits by a selection committee.
- Budgets should detail the proposed activities and associated costs. The more detailed the budget, the easier it will be for the selection committee to assess.
- Due to the large number of applicants, only the successful candidates will be contacted.
- Project applications are kept on file at missions in accordance with Global Affairs Canada’s information management policies.
Organizations eligible to apply for CFLI funding
Eligible recipients include:
- Local, national or community-based organization (non-governmental and not-for-profit)
- Local municipal, regional or national government institution or agency of the recipient country
- 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. 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.
All projects must align with at least 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.
- peace and security, with a focus on conflict prevention and building peace.
- human dignity, covering health, education and nutrition.
- growth that works for everyone, including women’s economic rights, decent jobs and entrepreneurship, investing in the poorest and most vulnerable, and safeguarding economic gains.
- environment and climate action focusing on adaptation and mitigation, as well as on water management.
For 2020-21, the CFLI can be used to fund projects that aim to respond to the complex COVID-19 crisis. To be considered for funding, the project proposal must meet one of the CFLI Thematic Priorities. Additionally, applicants must clearly explain how the project intends to help local efforts to prepare for, respond to, and recover from the COVID-19 crisis in ‘Section B Project Narrative’ section of the application form. When emailing your application, please use the subject line: CFLI proposal – COUNTRY – COVID19-ORGANIZATON NAME.
Some examples of possible CFLI COVID-19 projects (please note these are only examples, other types of projects that support preparation for, response to and recovery from the COVID crisis will be considered):
- Promoting proper sanitation and hygiene by establishing hand washing stations, and teaching proper hand washing techniques, in low-income communities.
- Raising awareness about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through radio and social media campaigns.
- Supporting local health systems by providing temperature reading and health care referrals at established points in coordination with the Ministry of Health.
- Supporting the ability of local organizations to provide increased counselling and support services for victims of sexual and gender based violence, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Supporting mental health and well-being in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic through telehealth counselling.
- Improving access to health care in rural communities by equipping mobile medical clinics with basic medicines and personal protective equipment for health care workers.
- Improving nutrition for low-income communities impacted by COVID-19 by equipping mobile food banks.
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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