The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives - Jordan

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

The Embassy of Canada in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is pleased to launch its annual call for proposals for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).

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.

The average CFLI contribution is $35,000 to $75,000 Canadian Dollars (CAD$100,000 is the maximum allocation amount for a project eligible under CFLI). 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

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 at least 1 of the following CFLI thematic priorities, and address one of the listed sub-themes:

  1. Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls
    1. Addressing sexual and gender-based violence, including child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting
    2. Supporting strong and sustainable women’s rights organizations and movements.
    3. Supporting evidence-based policy-making, legal frameworks and program delivery for gender equality 
  2. Championing human rights, inclusive and accountable governance, democracy and fundamental freedoms, peaceful pluralism and respect for diversity, including the following specific sub-themes:
    1. Strengthen legal systems and promote reforms that eliminate all forms of discrimination against women, girls and other marginalized groups
    2. Support citizen participation, including through innovative and technology-enabled means, to promote ownership and sustainability in social, political and economic processes
    3. Strengthen civil society and increase democratic political participation, including that of women, youth and marginalized groups; create and maintain, in law and in practice, a safe and enabling environment for civil society and the media (including women’s organizations and women’s rights defenders)
    4. Respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms—including freedom of religion or belief, of expression, of peaceful assembly and of association—and a contribution to the elimination of discrimination, prejudice, racism, intolerance and persecution 

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 be mandatory only for selected concept notes that are requested to submit a full proposal, it 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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