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The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives – Senegal, Cabo Verde, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau (2022)

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

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

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.

The average CFLI contribution is Can$30,000 to Can$60,000. 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

Applications will be assessed on their merits by a selection committee.

Due to the large number of applicants, only the successful candidates will be contacted.

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

Projects spanning 2 fiscal years (ending February 2024) may be permitted on a very exceptional basis, depending on the project objectives and the complexity of activities. Note that the average CFLI contribution will remain the same regardless of the project’s duration.

Given the global threat posed by the current COVID-19 pandemic and the difficulty that organizations have in implementing traditional programming in this context, the projects selected will have to take into account the limits imposed by local restrictions on social distancing and ensure the health and well-being of the representatives of the organizations, the beneficiaries and their communities.

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 CFLI’s objectives. 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 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.

Eligible costs

The following project costs are eligible for CFLI funding:

The following costs are not eligible for CFLI funding:

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