The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives - Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkmenistan

The Embassy of Canada in Turkey 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 communities, 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 $20,000 to $40,000 Canadian Dollars. Larger projects will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 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 one of the following CFLI thematic priorities. For this funding year a slight preference will be given to those projects aligned with the first three 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.

For more information on the priority themes for Canada’s international assistance, please consult Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.

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
  11. equipment rental, and/or purchase (only when the purchase is required to meet project objectives, reflects good value for money, and the recipient has a strong care-and-maintenance plan in place for equipment sustainability),
  12. hospitality costs, excluding alcoholic beverages
  13. installation, maintenance, shipping and/or transportation costs, including fuel, computers and communication devices
  14. lease or rental of vehicles
  15. legal costs
  16. medical costs
  17. miscellaneous expenses integral to the project
  18. outreach, communication and information dissemination costs
  19. publishing costs
  20. radio and television broadcast fees
  21. research-related costs
  22. salary costs relating to the project
  23. security costs
  24. training and capacity building expenditures
  25. translation and interpretation fees
  26. vehicle and equipment operation, installation and/or maintenance
  27. website development and related costs

The following costs are not eligible for CFLI funding:

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