The CFLI program is designed to support small-scale, high-impact projects in developing countries, which align with Global Affairs Canada’s thematic priority areas for engagement, and which support positive bilateral relations between Canada and Pakistan and its civil society by deepening contacts and supporting local endeavors.
The program is directed at projects conceived and designed predominantly by local partners.
Projects are selected and approved by the Canadian High Commission in Islamabad.
This call is the second of two calls for proposals for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) for 2020-21. The first call for proposals, which closed on June 14, 2020, focused on COVID-19 related projects.
Normally, CFLI project funding is approximately $20,000 CAD per project. Consult the currency converter for local currency equivalents. Smaller or larger projects may also be considered, depending on the proposed initiative and assessed the capacity of the implementing partner. Please note that all contributions are made in Canadian dollars and then converted to the local currency.
All project proposals must align with at least one of the following CFLI thematic priorities:
human rights with a focus on the rights of minorities and freedom of media.
peace and security, with a focus on reducing extremism and its associated impact on regional security.
environment and climate action focusing on adaptation and mitigation, or on water management.
Successful proposals should be innovative and high impact and demonstrate a link to larger initiatives or potential for systematic reform. The projects should demonstrate sustainability and community ownership, such as through community participation or in-kind contributions.
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.
Eligible recipients include:
Local, national or community-based organization (non-governmental and not-for-profit)
Local municipal, regional or national government institution or agency of the recipient country
Local academic institution
Canadian organization (non-governmental or not-for-profit) that is working on local development activities
International or regional organization (non-governmental or not-for-profit) that is working on local development activities
An intergovernmental or multilateral institution, organization or agency working on local development activities
The majority of CFLI funding will 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.