The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives - Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Montserrat

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

The High Commission of Canada in Barbados is pleased to launch its annual call for proposals for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) for 2021-2022.

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 majority of CFLI funding is directed toward local civil society organizations (including non-governmental organizations) and other institutions working at the local level. The CFLI is always looking to fund innovative projects that deliver measurable results.

The project funding range is up to $50,000 Canadian Dollars. Consult the currency converter for local currency equivalents. Please note that all contributions are made in Canadian dollars and then converted to local currency by the implementing partner.

How to apply

  1. All projects must be completed between the date of signature of the Contribution Agreement and February 28, 2022.
  2. The deadline for submission is April 30, 2021 at 23:59 (GMT - 4). Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered.
  3. Proposals should be submitted electronically to the following email:
  4. Only those proposals using the designated application form and including the required budget document will be considered.
  5. 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.
  6. Proposals must be completed in English or French.
  7. 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.
  8. Applications will be assessed for approval on their merits by a selection committee.
  9. Due to the large number of applicants, only the successful candidates will be contacted.
  10. To obtain an application form and the budget document or for questions about the application process, please contact the CFLI Coordinator by email at
  11. Both the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) 2021 Project Application for Funding Form and the Budget document must be submitted.
  12. Project applications are kept on file at the High Commission in accordance with Global Affairs Canada’s information management policies.

Organizations eligible to apply for CFLI funding

Eligible recipients include:

  1. Local, national or community-based organization (non-governmental and not-for-profit)
  2. Local municipal, regional or national government institution or agency of the recipient country
  3. Local academic institution

Thematic priorities

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

  1. Inclusive governance, including diversity, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
  2. Peace and security, with a focus on conflict prevention and building peace.
  3. Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
  4. Human dignity, covering health, education and nutrition.
  5. 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.
  6. Environment and climate action focusing on adaptation and mitigation, as well as on water management.

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 the inclusion of this analysis is to enhance the gender equality outcomes of the CFLI program.

A GBA will require applicants to:

  1. 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
  2. consult women and/or girls in the development of their project proposal
  3. 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.

Eligible costs

The following project costs are eligible for CFLI funding:

  1. accounting costs
  2. administrative and overhead costs related to the project (overhead should not exceed 15% of total CFLI contribution)
  3. advocacy and lobbying related costs
  4. capital and/or operating expenditures related to the lease and/or purchase and/or building of infrastructure
  5. civic education costs
  6. conference and event expenditures
  7. costs of services received by recipients
  8. domestic travel expenses, using lowest fares possible but not exceeding full fare economy class
  9. environmental assessment costs
  10. facilities and equipment rental charges
  11. hospitality costs, excluding alcoholic beverages
  12. installation, maintenance, shipping and/or transportation costs, including fuel, computers and communication devices
  13. lease or rental of vehicles
  14. legal costs
  15. medical costs
  16. miscellaneous expenses integral to the project
  17. outreach, communication and information dissemination costs
  18. publishing costs
  19. radio and television broadcast fees
  20. research-related costs
  21. salary costs relating to the project
  22. security costs
  23. training and capacity building expenditures
  24. translation and interpretation fees
  25. vehicle and equipment operation, installation and/or maintenance
  26. website development and related costs

The following costs are not eligible for CFLI funding:

  1. assistance to military or paramilitary organizations
  2. core funding
  3. direct fiscal support to a government
  4. expenses incurred prior to the signing of the contribution agreement, or after it expires
  5. gifts
  6. luxury goods
  7. nuclear technologies and facilities
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