The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives – Lesotho (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 South Africa 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 purpose of this process is to select approximately 4-5 projects to be implemented between September 2023 and February 2024. All project activities must normally be completed by February 28, 2024. Projects spanning two fiscal years may be considered on an exceptional basis, depending on the project's objectives and complexity.
The average CFLI contribution is $30,000 to $40,000 Canadian Dollars. 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
- Stage 1: Expressions of Interest are due by April 20, 2023 at 16:00 (GMT+2).
- Failure to submit an Expression of Interest form by this deadline will result in your application not being considered.
- To obtain an Expression of Interest form, please contact the CFLI Coordinator by email at PRETCFLI-FCIL@international.gc.ca no later than April 19, 2023 at 23:59 (GMT+2).
- Stage 2: Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email by May 12, 2023, and will be invited to submit a more detailed Project Proposal.
- The Project Proposal form can be accessed here: Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) Project Application for Funding Form (.pdf, 249.15 KB)
- Please do not send us a full Project Proposal unless or until you have been invited to do so.
- Expressions of Interest and Project Proposals must be completed in English or French.
- Expressions of Interest and Project Proposals must explicitly answer all questions on the forms provided by the CFLI team, including the required gender-based analysis. The proposed project budget should summarize the proposed activities and associated costs.
- Expressions of Interest and Project Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of:
- Concision and clarity
- Alignment with CFLI priorities.
- Preference will be given to applicants who have not received CFLI funding in the last two years.
- Each organization is limited to the submission of one Expression of Interest and one Project Proposal.
- Due to the large number of applicants, only the successful candidates will be contacted.
Organizations eligible to apply for CFLI funding
Eligible recipients include:
- Local non-governmental, community and not-for-profit organizations,
- Local academic institutions working on local projects,
- International non-governmental organizations working on local development activities,
- Intergovernmental, multilateral and regional institutions, organizations and agencies working on local development activities,
- Municipal, regional or national government institutions or agencies of the recipient country working on local projects, and
- Canadian non-governmental and not-for-profit organizations that are 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 one of the following CFLI thematic priorities:
- Inclusive governance, including diversity, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
- Growth that works for everyone, including women's economic rights, decent jobs and entrepreneurship, investing in the poorest and most vulnerable, and safeguarding economic gains.
- Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
- Human dignity, covering health, education and nutrition.
Within these thematic areas, the High Commission of Canada in South Africa will prioritize projects with a specific focus on one or more of the following:
- Lowering the incidence of gender-based violence.
- Improving access to food, water, and healthcare for vulnerable populations.
- Enabling greater participation in digital and low-carbon economies.
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:
- 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 charges,
- 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),
- 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, including stipends, 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:
- nuclear technologies and facilities,
- assistance to military or paramilitary organizations,
- luxury goods,
- direct fiscal support to a government,
- seed funding and/or microfinance,
- core funding or recurrent costs of an organization
- expenses incurred prior to the signing of the contribution agreement, or after it expires
Report a problem on this page
- Date Modified: