The Embassy of Canada to Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan 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 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.

CFLI thematic priorities:

  • gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
  • inclusive governance, including diversity, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
  • peace and security, with a focus on conflict prevention and building peace.
  • human dignity, covering health, education and nutrition.
  • 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.
  • environment and climate action focusing on adaptation and mitigation, as well as on water management.

The average CFLI contribution is $10,000 to $25,000 Canadian Dollars (CAD$100,000 is the maximum allocation amount for a project eligible under CFLI).

Purpose of the program: CFLI aims to help local civil society organizations realize their potential in supporting local communities.


  • All projects must align with at least one of the CFLI thematic priorities.
  • Application process requires a gender-based analysis (GBA). Inadequate completion of a GBA may affect the consideration of your proposal. A GBA 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;
    • ensure that the views of those women and/or girls inform the project’s design.

Eligible recipients include:

  • Local, national or community-based organization (non-governmental and not-for-profit);
  • Local municipal, regional or national government institution or agency of the recipient country;
  • Local academic institution;
  • Canadian organization (non-governmental or not-for-profit) that is working on local development activities;
  • International or regional organization (non-governmental or not-for-profit) that is working on local development activities;
  • Intergovernmental or multilateral institution, organization or agency working on local development activities;

Application Deadline: June 16, 2020

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