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The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives – Bangladesh (2022)

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

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

Program description

The CFLI program is designed to support small-scale, high-impact projects in developing countries—projects that 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.

All projects will be subject to funding approval from the Government of Bangladesh’s Non-Governmental Organizations Affairs Bureau (NGOAB).

The average CFLI contribution is Can$15,000 to Can$50,000 (Can$100,000 is the maximum allocation amount for a project eligible under CFLI). Consult the Bank of Canada’s 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

Prospective recipients can obtain a preliminary form to express their interest by contacting the following address: (Note additional application and budget document forms will be required at a later stage.)

The deadline for submission is May 10, 2022, at 23:59 (GMT+7). Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

Project terms and conditions

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 preliminary form or for questions about the application process, please contact the CFLI coordinator by email at

Project applications are kept on file at missions in accordance with Global Affairs Canada’s information management policies.  

Projects spanning 2 fiscal years (April 2022 to Fiscal 2024) may be permitted depending on the project objectives and the complexity of activities.

Organizations eligible to apply for CFLI funding

Eligible recipient organizations 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 CFLI’s objectives. 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:

Gender-based analysis

In 2017, Canada adopted a Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. The FIAP was deemed 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 CFLI program’s gender-equality outcomes.

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.

Eligible costs

The following project costs are eligible for CFLI funding:

The following costs are not eligible for CFLI funding:

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