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The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives – Jamaica (2023)

Current status of the call for proposals: Closed

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

The High Commission of Canada in Jamaica 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.

While Jamaica is advanced in its recovery from the pandemic, some long-standing local challenges remain and local organizations will have a key role to play in fostering a solid recovery. Communities and organizations working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are well placed to identify solutions to the emerging challenges. CFLI will remain a useful tool to address a range of GAC priorities as well as support local development.

The High Commission of Canada is leveraging CFLI to support Jamaican organizations that provide services to communities and individuals most at risk. Socioeconomic hardships imposed by the pandemic exacerbated existing inequalities and further exposed vulnerabilities at the family, community and national levels, particularly for women, girls and other vulnerable groups who are at increased risk of experiencing higher levels of poverty. We encourage you to think creatively in your project design noting that projects with a comprehensive development response will be prioritized, including those that address a singular or varying aspect of the response, namely: supporting leadership and economic independence, showing innovation in reducing digital inequalities, strengthening socioeconomic and educational opportunities for women and girls, creating new business models and new ways of delivering products and services that create sustainable livelihoods and that benefit poorer communities and individuals.

The average CFLI contribution for local projects is $10,000 to $25,000 Canadian Dollars.

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 local projects must align with at least one of the following CFLI 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 requires a gender-based analysis (GBA). The purpose of this 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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