Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) for Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) is a program designed to fund small-scale bilateral projects in Official Development Assistance (ODA) eligible countries, which align with Global Affairs Canada’s thematic priority areas for engagement. The program is directed at projects conceived and designed by local entities. Projects are selected and approved by the relevant Canadian Embassy or High Commission. The CFLI also serves to support positive bilateral relations between Canada, recipient countries and their respective civil societies by deepening contacts and supporting local endeavours. Since 2012, through the CFLI, Canada has supported over 56 small-scale and local in nature projects in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras.

2017-18 CFLI Call for Proposals for Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras

CFLI Thematic Priorities 2017-18

All project proposals must align with at least one of the following thematic priorities:

  • Empowering women and girls and promoting gender equality
  • Championing human rights, inclusive and accountable governance, democracy, peaceful pluralism, and respect for diversity
  • Promoting action on the environment, including water and climate change (and including inclusive and green economic growth).

*Priority will be given to projects that include gender equality and the promotion of vulnerable communities and populations such as marginalized sexual, religious and ethnic minorities.

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 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. The CFLI is always looking to fund innovative projects, which deliver measurable results. Applicants must be legally registered and up-to-date in the country in which the project is to be implemented, and have a bank account. Third party umbrella organizations can be used if necessary, clearly demonstrating any costs associated with such an agreement.

Eligible Costs

The following costs are eligible within projects for CFLI funding:

  • Administrative and overhead costs specifically related to the project, including salaries directly related to implementation,
  • 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, and training and capacity building costs,
  • Conference and event expenditures, including hospitality costs, excluding alcoholic beverages,
  • Costs of services received by recipients,
  • Outreach, communication and information dissemination costs, including publications, radio and television broadcasting fees, and internet / website development costs,
  • Environmental assessment costs,
  • Advocacy and lobbying related costs,
  • Legal and accounting costs related to the project implementation,
  • Medical costs,
  • Facilities and equipment rental charges,
  • Research-related costs,
  • Security costs,
  • Translation and interpretation fees,
  • Travel expenses, using lowest fares possible but not exceeding full fare economy class (international travel expenses must receive prior approval from the CFLI Unit), and lease or rental of vehicles, including operation and maintenance costs, and
  • 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 and luxury goods,
  • Direct fiscal support to a government,
  • Core funding or recurrent costs of an organization,
  • International travel (without prior approval from the CFLI Unit),
  • Revolving funds, (that is, funds used to advance loans to individuals, i.e. microfinance),
  • Expenses incurred prior to the signing of the CA, or after it expires.

Maximum funding amount for the 2017-18 CFLI in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras

Average CFLI funding is approximately CAD $24,000 (Canadian dollars) per project. However, projects that require less funding and still have a substantial impact in local populations will be considered, as well as projects up to CAD $30,000 as long as the initiative is still cost effective and clearly demonstrates the need for such funding. Organizations should take into consideration possible exchange rate fluctuations (CAD$ to local currencies) during project implementation. Based on current exchange rates, average CFLI contributions should be around the following amounts in local currencies:

  • Costa Rica, approximately CRC 10,000,000 colones.
  • Nicaragua, approximately NIO 533,000 córdobas.
  • Honduras, approximately HNL 420,000 lempiras.

Organizations should contribute to at least a part of the project costs, whether through organizational funds, other funding sources- specifying the donor, or in-kind contributions.

Applying to the 2017-18 CFLI for Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras

Organizations that meet the aforementioned requirements that are interested in applying for 2017-18 CFLI funding in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras, should present a project concept note of no more than 3 pages and a budget (in the currency in which expenditures are made or the currency of the organizational bank account), by 6 July 2017 at 16:00. Concept notes should be presented via e-mail to the following address:

The CFLI selection committee for each Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras will review and evaluate each concept note, and those that are selected will be asked to develop a full proposal. Projects are expected to begin by September 2017, and should be finalized by 28 February 2018.
*Please briefly specify if the project needs to be implemented beyond 28 February 2018 for multi-year consideration.

Please contact the local CFLI coordinator for copies of the full call for proposals guidelines, and the concept note and budget templates (available in Spanish only):

All project concept notes and applications are kept on file at missions in accordance with Global Affairs Canada’s information management policies.