The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives - Jordan
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).
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
- All projects must be completed between the date of signature of the Contribution Agreement and February 14, 2022, unless otherwise explicitly specified.
- The deadline for submission of a project concept note is February 24, 2021 at 23:59 (GMT+2/Amman time). Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered. Concept notes should be submitted electronically to the following email: AMMANPublicAffairs@international.gc.ca.
- Only those proposals submitted with the abbreviation CFLI placed at the beginning of the subject line and using the designated concept note form will be considered.
- Only the partners whose concept notes are selected for a shortlist will be contacted to submit a complete CFLI project application, which will be used for final project selection.
- 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.
- Concept notes and the final application form must be completed in English, French or Arabic.
- Shortlisted applicants will receive the CFLI project application form from the CFLI Coordinator.
- Full project proposals must explicitly answer all questions in the CFLI project application form, including the required gender-based analysis. The full application must include a proposed project budget, summarizing the proposed activities and associated costs.
- The full project proposal must be submitted by the deadline specified in the email with the application form.
- 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.
- To obtain a concept note form or for questions about the application process, please email the CFLI Coordinator and place the abbreviation “CFLI” at the beginning of the subject line.
- Project applications are kept on file at missions in accordance with Global Affairs Canada’s information management policies.
- Two-year programming: Projects spanning 2 fiscal years and end in February 2023 may be permitted depending on the project objectives and the complexity of activities.
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
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 1 of the following CFLI thematic priorities, and address one of the listed sub-themes:
- Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls
- Addressing sexual and gender-based violence, including child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting
- Supporting strong and sustainable women’s rights organizations and movements.
- Supporting evidence-based policy-making, legal frameworks and program delivery for gender equality
- Championing human rights, inclusive and accountable governance, democracy and fundamental freedoms, peaceful pluralism and respect for diversity, including the following specific sub-themes:
- Strengthen legal systems and promote reforms that eliminate all forms of discrimination against women, girls and other marginalized groups
- Support citizen participation, including through innovative and technology-enabled means, to promote ownership and sustainability in social, political and economic processes
- 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)
- 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
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:
- 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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