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Call for Proposals – Fiscal Year 2019/2020

Canada Fund for Local Initiatives

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) supports small-scale but high-impact projects in developing countries, which align with the six action areas that guide the Government of Canada’s international assistance. The program is directed at projects conceived and designed predominantly by local partners.

Projects from the following countries are selected and approved by the High Commission of Canada in New Zealand:

  • Republic of Fiji
  • Republic of Kiribati
  • Independent State of Samoa
  • Kingdom of Tonga
  • Tuvalu

Thematic Priorities

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

  1. Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
  2. Inclusive governance, including diversity, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
  3. Peace and security, with a focus on conflict prevention and building peace.
  4. Human dignity, covering health, education and nutrition.
  5. 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. 
  6. Environment and climate action focusing on adaptation and mitigation, as well as on water management. 

Organizations eligible to apply for CFLI Funding

Within the context of eligible countries, 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 can 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 or national government institutions may receive funding, provided that their projects are essentially local in nature. Project proposals with regional reach will be eligible for the CFLI when relevant.

The CFLI is always looking to fund innovative projects, which deliver measurable results.

How to Apply

The High Commission of Canada in New Zealand is now accepting proposals for the year 2019-2020. The application period will close on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 – no extension to this deadline will be granted. The final date for projects to be completed is February 28, 2020. The application forms are attached to this email and is also available on request by sending an email to the CFLI Coordinator: WLGTN.Canada-Fund@international.gc.ca. Further information on the CFLI can be found on our website.

The majority of projects we support fall in the Canadian dollars $5,000 to $30,000 range, with a maximum support of $50,000 Canadian dollars. (N.B. Projects between $50,000 and $100,000 or covering two fiscal years may be considered on an exceptional basis but should be discussed with the Canada Fund Coordinator prior to the submission of a proposal).

All project applications will need to specify how much money is being requested in local currency and in Canadian dollars. The more detailed the budget, the easier it will be for the selection committee to assess.

Successful applicants will have 5-6 months to implement the chosen project, so project schedules have to be realistic. Partner organisations will need to have a bank account with one of the major banks in the South Pacific.

Please send your application form and direct any questions to the CFLI Coordinator via email at WLGTN.Canada-Fund@international.gc.ca. Due to the high volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be notified. We encourage you to send this call for proposals out to your networks to ensure all relevant organisations are aware.

Please note that project applications are kept on file at missions in accordance with Global Affairs Canada’s information management policies.


Nicolas Sabourin
Counsellor; CFLI Program Manager

Faka’iloatonga Taumoefolau
CFLI Coordinator



CFLI Project Application for Funding Form

CFLI Proposed Project Budget for Project Spanning 1 FY

CFLI Proposed Project Budget for Project Spanning 2 FYs


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