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The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives – Ukraine (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 Embassy of Canada in Ukraine 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, 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 between $30,000.00 and $50,000.00 Canadian Dollars (a maximum $100,000 is considered on an exceptional 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. Municipal, regional and national government institutions may receive funding, provided that their projects are essentially local in nature.

If you are not sure if your organization is eligible to apply, please e-mail us to confirm at

Thematic priorities

All projects must align with at least one of the following CFLI thematic priorities listed below.

The Embassy of Canada recognizes the role played by local volunteer and civil society organizations in addressing the most urgent needs of Ukrainian people during an ongoing Russian invasion. The CFLI program in Ukraine aims to: support the efforts of these organizations and movements in helping Ukrainians protect their communities and institutions; strengthen the resilience of the Ukrainian people, communities and institutions in withstanding the Russian aggression; and help lay a foundation for recovery and peace, including through strengthening social cohesion. The Embassy encourages applications from youth-led organizations and initiatives.

During the ongoing Russian invasion, it is clear that humanitarian needs are recurring and may require urgent attention. Therefore, the inclusion of a humanitarian element may be considered, but the main focus of each proposal must be longer-term development results.

Please note that the CFLI Program cannot support pure humanitarian assistance and only focuses on initiatives that aim to deliver long-term development results.

CFLI priority areas

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.

Please note that “enhancing gender equality outcomes” does not necessarily mean a focus on women and girls. A GBA analysis would help proposals to better address the different needs of women, girls, men and boys, and recognize a broad diversity (e.g. gender, age, ethnicity, religion, urban/rural, directly conflict-affected, etc.).

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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