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:
- 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.
- The CFLI contribution is between $25,000 to $50,000 Canadian Dollars (CAD$100,000 is the maximum allocation amount for a project eligible under CFLI).
- The following project costs are eligible for CFLI funding:
- Accounting costs
- Administrative and overhead costs related to the project (overhead should not exceed 15% of total CFLI contribution)
- Advocacy and lobbying related costs
- Capital and/or operating expenditures related to the lease and/or purchase and/or building of infrastructure
- Civic education costs
- Conference and event expenditures
- Costs of services received by recipients
- Domestic travel expenses, using lowest fares possible but not exceeding full fare economy class
- Environmental assessment costs
- Facilities charges,
- Equipment rental, and/or purchase (only when the purchase is required to meet project objectives, reflects good value for money, and the recipient has a strong care-and-maintenance plan in place for equipment sustainability),
- Hospitality costs, excluding alcoholic beverages
- Installation, maintenance, shipping and/or transportation costs, including fuel,
- Computers and communication devices
- Lease or rental of vehicles
- Legal costs
- Medical costs
- Miscellaneous expenses integral to the project
- Outreach, communication and information dissemination costs
- Publishing costs
- Radio and television broadcast fees
- Research-related costs
- Salary costs, including stipends, relating to the project,
- Security costs
- Training and capacity building expenditures
- Translation and interpretation fees
- Vehicle and equipment operation, installation and/or maintenance
- Website development and related costs.
- Eligible recipients include:
- Local non-governmental, community and not-for-profit organizations,
- Local academic institutions working on local projects,
- Municipal, regional or national government institutions or agencies of the recipient country working on local projects, and
- 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.