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, high commission or permanent mission. 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:
- Inclusive governance, including diversity, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
- Peace and security, with a focus on conflict prevention and building peace.
- 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.
- Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
- Human dignity, covering health, education and nutrition.
- Environment and climate action focusing on adaptation and mitigation, as well as on water management.
- All projects should consider the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, its potential impact on project delivery, and any national, regional and/or local restrictions to ensure health and safety, as well as the general health and safety of all beneficiaries and participants.
- The average CFLI contribution is $25,000 to $44,000 Canadian Dollars. Consult this Currency converter for local currency equivalents. Please note that all contributions are made in Canadian dollars and then converted to the local currency (currency of the organization´s local bank account).
- Eligible recipients include:
- Local non-governmental, community and not-for-profit organizations
- Local academic institutions working on local projects
- International non-governmental organizations working on local development activities
- 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
- 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.
- Projects must advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, and should also advance one or more of the following themes or geographic priorities: promoting and protecting human rights, democracy, Haiti, Nicaragua or Venezuela.
- In alignment with this policy, the CFLI project application process 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 all 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.
For more information, visit Permanent Mission of Canada to the Organization of American States.