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The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives – Ukraine (2024)

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 in countries that are eligible for Official Development Assistance and that align with Global Affairs Canada’s key areas of engagement. The program is directed at projects designed predominantly by local partners. The small projects between CAD $30,000-$50,000 are selected and approved by the Embassy of Canada to Ukraine.

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 intergovernmental 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. 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:

Theme 1. Supporting the objectives of Ukraine’s Peace Formula and Canada’s Women, Peace and Security agenda

CFLI will support the implementation of Ukraine’s 10-Point Peace Formula (10PPF) and, in particular, Point #4 on the Return of Prisoners of War, Civilian Detainees and Deported Children, as well as integrating the Women, Peace and Securityagendainto local decision-making.

1.1 - Support to families of Prisoners of War (PoWs) and unlawfully detained civilians
Thousands are considered missing and held in captivity, often in unofficial places of detention and in deplorable conditions. Their families are often deprived of any information about their location and well-being. CFLI programing could include, but is not limited to projects surrounding:

1.2 - Integrating Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) agenda into local decision-making

Women are playing a vital role in the defence of Ukraine and shaping its future. More than 60,000 Ukrainian women serve in the security forces and hundreds of thousands are helping their country as volunteers, fundraisers, caregivers, journalists, medics, teachers, politicians, and entrepreneurs. The inclusion of diverse voices in discussions and funding local women-led organizations and initiatives will lead to a more comprehensive and representative decision-making process and outcome. CFLI programing could include, but is not limited to projects surrounding:

Theme 2. Veterans

CFLI will emphasize the rehabilitation and reintegration of veterans, acknowledging the unique and localized challenges faced by these individuals at the oblast and hromada levels. CFLI programing could include, but is not limited to projects surrounding:

Theme 3. Strengthening Ukrainian Identity with a View Towards Social Cohesion

CFLI will support initiatives to strengthen Ukrainian national identity and promote social cohesion, addressing both cultural preservation and contemporary identity challenges. Initiatives that promote dialogue and interaction among diverse community groups will be prioritized. This would include a variety of ethnic, social, and socioeconomic groups, with an aim to promote inclusivity and understanding and celebrate the rich tapestry of Ukrainian traditions and history. Reinforcing a shared sense of identity and belonging, fostering a cohesive and united society, will contribute to mitigating internal divisions and contribute to the resilience and solidarity of Ukrainian society, while enhancing its capacity to withstand and recover from current and future challenges. CFLI programing could include, but is not limited to projects surrounding:

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. 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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