Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) Call for Proposals: 2016-2017 – Cambodia, Laos and Thailand

Posted by Share-Net NL on June 1, 2016 at 10:56 am

Deadline: 17 June 2016

Program description

The Embassy of Canada in Thailand is pleased to launch its annual call for proposals for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI). The CFLI is a responsive, flexible program, directly managed by the Embassy of Canada, designed to fund small but visible, high impact, results-oriented projects. In general, CFLI projects are locally designed and implemented, making the program highly responsive to local needs and interests.

Qualifying Projects 

All projects must be consistent with and apply to one or more of Canada’s five CFLI thematic priorities:

  1. Championing inclusive and accountable governance, peaceful pluralism and respect for diversity and human rights;
  2. Promoting gender equality and empowerment of women and girls;
  3. Addressing climate change and enhancing environmental sustainability;
  4. Stimulating sustainable and green economic growth;
  5. Promoting stability and security.

Available Funding

The average contribution is $15,000 to $30,000 Canadian Dollars ($50,000 being the maximum allocation amount for a project). Consult the currency converter for local currency equivalents. (Please note that all contributions are made in Canadian dollars)

Term of Projects

All projects must be completed between the date of signature of the Contribution Agreement and 28 February 2017.

Process to Submit a Proposal

  • Deadline for submission is 17 June 2016 at 17h00. Applications submitted later than stated date and time will not be considered.
  • Please fill out the attached CFLI application form and budget template.
  • Only those proposals using the indicated application form will be considered.
  • Proposals must be completed in English or French.
  • As required in project narrative of the application form, each proposal must explicitly answer all stated questions and provide a summary of all project activities. The proposed project budget must reflect the costs associated with each proposed project activity
  • Proposals should be submitted electronically to the following
  • Applications will be assessed for approval on their merits by a Selection Committee.
  • Due to the large number of applicants, only the successful candidates will be contacted.

For advice and assistance on how to make a submission, please contact:
Canada Fund for Local Initiatives Coordinator (CFLI Coordinator)

Who Is Eligible to Submit a Proposal?

  • 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 through a local office.

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 through a local office. Other entities, such as international, intergovernmental, multilateral and regional organizations can be eligible for a contribution, provided that they are working with local partners and on local projects that are consistent with the objectives of the CFLI. Similarly, municipal, regional or national government institutions may receive CFLI funding, provided that their projects are essentially local in nature.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities must be directly related to the project delivery. The following are examples of eligible types of activities:

  • conducting advocacy
  • providing training or education
  • providing technical expertise
  • conducting research and/or reporting
  • providing or repairing infrastructure
  • providing equipment
  • delivering supplies
  • in exceptional cases, providing support for humanitarian assistance efforts

Eligible Costs 

CFLI funds can be disbursed to cover costs that are integral to a project covered by a contribution agreement. The CFLI cannot be used to pay for operating costs or ongoing expenses of an organization (i.e. salaries, utilities, rent, etc.). The following list of costs indicates the range of costs that are eligible under the Program:

  • administrative and overhead costs related to the project,
  • 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 (not to the organization),
  • security costs,
  • translation and interpretation fees,
  • 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,
  • Miscellaneous expenses integral to the project.

The following costs are not eligible for CFLI funding

  • nuclear technologies and facilities,
  • assistance to military or paramilitary organizations,
  • gifts,
  • luxury goods,
  • direct financial support to a government,
  • core funding or recurrent costs of an organization,
  • international travel, (limited cross-border travel within a region could be considered on an exceptional basis),
  • revolving funds, (that is, funds used to advance loans to individuals, i.e. microfinance),
  • expenses incurred prior to the signing of the contribution agreement.

For more information, please visit Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.

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