The Embassy of Canada to Lebanon is pleased to launch its annual call for proposals for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).
The CFLI is a program designed to support small-scale, high-impact projects 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 Canadian embassy. 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 and 2SLGBTQI+ rights, democracy, human rights and the rule of law;
- Peace and security, with a focus on conflict prevention and building peace; and
- Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, in particular initiatives aiming to:
- Support strong and sustainable women’s rights organizations and movements;
- Address sexual and gender-based violence, including child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting; and
- Support evidence-based policy-making, legal frameworks and program delivery for gender equality.
- Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is a cross-cutting theme and must be integrated in all CFLI projects.
- The Embassy of Canada to Lebanon expects to support 5-7 new CFLI projects this year. The average CFLI contribution is $30,000 to $65,000 Canadian Dollars (CAD$100,000 is the maximum allocation amount for a project eligible under CFLI).
- Eligible recipients include:
- Local non-governmental, community and not-for-profit organizations; and
- Local academic institutions working on local projects.
- In alignment with this policy, the CFLI project application process now requires a gender-based analysis (GBA). The purpose of this change is to enhance the gender equality outcomes of the CFLI program.
- A GBA must be completed at the full proposal stage, and will require 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; and
- ensure that the views of those women and/or girls inform the project’s design.
For more information, visit Embassy of Canada to Lebanon.