Canada Fund for Local Initiatives in Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu

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Deadline: 22 April 2019

The High Commission of Canada in Australia (Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Republic of Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu) has launched its annual call for proposals for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).

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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.

Thematic Priorities

All projects must align with at least one of the following CFLI thematic priorities:

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  • gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls;
  • inclusive governance, including diversity, democracy, human rights and the rule of law;
  • environment and climate action focusing on adaptation and mitigation, as well as on water management;
  • peace and security, with a focus on conflict prevention and building peace;
  • human dignity, covering health, education and nutrition;
  • 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.

Funding Information

The average CFLI contribution is $5,000 to $30,000 Canadian Dollars (CAD$50,000 is the maximum allocation amount for a project eligible under CFLI).

Eligibility Criteria

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Eligible recipients include:

    • local non-governmental, community and not-for-profit organizations;
    • local academic institutions working on local projects;
    • international, 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.

Eligible costs

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The following project costs are eligible for CFLI funding:

  • administrative and overhead costs specifically related to the project (these should not exceed 20% of the total CFLI contribution);
  • capital and/or operating expenditures related to the lease and/or purchase and/or building of infrastructure;
  • installation, maintenance, shipping and/or transportation costs, including fuel, computers and communication devices;
  • civic education costs;
  • conference and event expenditures;
  • hospitality costs, excluding alcoholic beverages;
  • training and capacity building expenditures;
  • costs of services received by recipients;
  • outreach, communication and information dissemination costs;
  • environmental assessment costs;
  • advocacy and lobbying related costs;
  • legal costs;
  • accounting costs;
  • medical costs;
  • publishing costs;
  • radio and television broadcast fees;
  • facilities and equipment rental charges;
  • research-related costs;
  • salary costs relating to the project;
  • security costs;
  • translation and interpretation fees;
  • domestic travel expenses, using lowest fares possible but not exceeding full fare economy class
  • lease or rental of vehicles;
  • vehicle and equipment operation, installation and/or maintenance;
  • website development and related costs; and
  • miscellaneous expenses integral to the project.

The following costs are not eligible for CFLI funding:

  • core funding;
  • expenses incurred prior to the signing of the contribution agreement, or after it expires;
  • nuclear technologies and facilities;
  • assistance to military or paramilitary organizations;
  • gifts;
  • luxury goods;
  • direct fiscal support to a government.

How to Apply

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Proposals should be submitted electronically to the following email given on the website.

For more information, please visit https://international.gc.ca/world-monde/funding-financement/cfli-fcil/2019/australia-australie.aspx?lang=eng

  • Avatar Maxine Anjiga says:

    Dear Sir /Madam,
    I work with a local marine resource and conservation non government organisation in Papua New Guinea. Is there a required format /template for submitting the proposal?

    • Avatar Priyanka says:

      Hi Maxine Anjiga,

      To obtain an application form or for questions about the application process, please contact the CFLI Coordinator by email at the address given on the website.

      Good luck!

    • Avatar patrick Mesia says:

      Hi Maxine,

      Iam from the Solomon Islands. I think we did the Unitec course together in Fiji, or met at the Motupore research centre, but somewhere, i cant really remember.

      I am also with the SILMMA ( Solomon Islands Locally Managed Marine Areas Network) and struggling to seek funding to sustain the network.

      May be you would have some good ideas for a conservation proposal. Love to throw around ideas, something that may work in our PNG -SI context.

      Thanks

      Patrick Mesia

      • Avatar Maxine Anjiga says:

        Hi Patrick, yes I remember you bro, through the LMMA Network. Good to share ideas. Find me on Facebook, we have a page. PNG Centre for Locally Managed Areas.

  • Avatar Gora Odiel says:

    is the project include Africa nations because Iam from south Sudan but looking fund to helps my community for the educations projects.

  • Avatar Darry says:

    I seeking funds to start up a new primary school in a very isolated part of Papua New Guinea. Please assist me with necessary informations that I can use to get through.

    • Avatar Priyanka says:

      Hi Darry,

      Thank you for your interest in the opportunity.

      To get detailed information on eligibility criteria and application requirements, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

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