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.
All projects must align with at least one of the following CFLI thematic priorities:
- Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls
- Inclusive governance, including diversity, democracy, human rights, the rule of law, and the fight against corruption
- Environment and climate action focusing on adaptation and mitigation, as well as on water management
- The CFLI has an annual programming budget of $26.8 million, with projects averaging $31,000 each.
- Project activities can start as early as June 2023 and must be completed by February 28, 2024
- Eligible recipients include:
- local non-governmental, community and not-for-profit organizations
- local academic institutions working on local projects
- international, inter-governmental, 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 project
- 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, inter-governmental, 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.
- Organizations receive funds in local currency. Official exchange rates are used.
- Projects must yield tangible and lasting results and be aligned with at least one thematic priority.
- Proposal applications must be completed in English, French or Spanish.
- Due to the large number of applicants, only the successful candidates will be contacted at the end of the selection process. Please remember that the pre-selection process tends to last 6 weeks.
- Pre-selected applications will be assessed for approval on their merits and the targeting of the priority area of work by a selection committee.
- Projects spanning two Canadian fiscal years (from June 2023 up to February 2025) may be permitted depending on the project objectives and the complexity of activities.
For more information, visit Embassy of Canada in Argentina.