Submit Applications for Canada Fund for Local Initiatives – Uganda

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Deadline: 4 July 2019

The High Commission of Canada 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 endeavors.

Thematic Priorities

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

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  • The Fund will grant applications in the areas that address identified needs of local communities that fall within one or more of the 2019-2020 CFLI priorities listed below for Uganda.
  • The Government of Canada is strongly committed to supporting gender equality and empowerment of women and girls; thus, these considerations should be taken into account under each priority.
    • Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls with a specific focus on refugees
    • Inclusive governance, including diversity, democracy, human rights and the rule of law, with a specific focus on the LGBTI community, and freedom of the press.

Funding Information

The average CFLI contribution is $15,000 – $20,000 Canadian Dollars (CAD$100,000 is the maximum allocation amount for a project eligible under CFLI). Consult the currency converter for local currency equivalents. Please note that all contributions are made in Canadian dollars and then converted to the local currency.

Two-year Programming

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Projects spanning two fiscal years (April 2019 to March 2021) may be permitted depending on the project objectives and the complexity of activities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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 (overhead should not exceed 15% of 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.

How to Apply

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.

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  • Avatar Musazisi Alex says:

    Great, Thanks Canada.

  • Avatar Livingstone Kimbugwe says:

    Thanks for your intervention

  • Avatar Livingstone Kimbugwe says:

    Canadian government that’s so great.
    Women had been left un thought of in Africa especially Uganda in particular

  • Avatar Mary Okello Ayenyo says:

    This is great an opportunity. GECDSO will endeavor to apply

  • Avatar Walter Odota Jacan says:

    Very useful information that could drastically brings development

  • Avatar Betty Nakayinga says:

    Dear Canadian Government,
    we appreciate your intervention, i will endeavor to apply.

  • Avatar Cherere William says:

    May I access a copy of the application form. Regards

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Cherere William,

      For more information regarding eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Betty Ethel says:

    Great program, thanks!

  • Avatar Frederick Musisi Lutaakome says:

    This is great opportunity .SOPEDA Will put in an application.

  • Avatar Clement Aleku Otai says:

    This is timely. Focusing on women and girls will accelerate development and improve quality of life in rural Uganda. I will surely apply.

  • Avatar Fred Mugabi says:

    Ready to apply,thanks for the initiative

  • Avatar Br Adrian Tukwasibwe says:

    Thanks so much for your help in the world the needy families and children.

  • Avatar PATRICK ONWANG says:


  • Avatar Thabugha Moses says:

    Greetings from Uganda, I thank you so much for the efforts you are putting in to assist our local NGO projects.
    We run an orphanage school in Kasese district western Uganda,we give education support to the disadvantaged groups of children.
    Are we also allowed to apply for the funds?
    God bless you always
    Bishop.Thabugha Moses

    • Avatar Priyanka says:

      Hello Thabugha Moses,

      Yes, Uganda is eligible to apply for this grant. To get detailed information on eligibility criteria and application requirements, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Ongwech Simon says:

    I would like to apply for your grant for training the vulnerable youth who went through conflict for over 20 years in Northern Uganda. Please! Help me access your funding opportunity.

    • Avatar Priyanka says:

      Hi Ongwech Simon,

      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 ONWANG says:

    l faced difficulty in accessing the application form .l need help to access the application form or help me send the application form for easy work .patrick

  • Avatar Kibaba robert says:

    The website does not open

  • Avatar Ndezo Priscila says:

    Great idea. What a bout a scenario where the local organization targets the citizens within the region where the refugees live as their influx has a far reaching effect on the local population?

    • Avatar Reena says:

      Hi Ndezo Priscila,

      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!

  • Avatar Mbalhuwako David Mayerson says:

    i have not had access to application form

    • Avatar Priyanka says:

      Hi Mbalhuwako David Mayerson,

      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 Grace says:

    Canadian thanks for intervention but is Nigeria among

  • Avatar Champion says:

    Hi do u fund skills project,if yes I have one how can I get funded

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