Canada Fund for Local Initiatives calls for proposals Closed May 9, 2018

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) supports small-scale but high-impact projects in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras, which align with priority 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 are selected and approved by the Canadian Embassy in San José, Costa Rica, with support from local offices in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Managua, Nicaragua.

Thematic Priorities 2018-19

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

  • Addressing sexual and gender-based violence
  • Strengthening the capacities of human rights organizations, including women’s rights organizations.
  • Respect for Diversity, in particular for LGBTI, afro-descendant, indigenous and migrant / refugee populations.

**If a proposed project does not clearly align with one of the previous priorities, the proposal will be disqualified without any further review by the CFLI Selection Committee**

Organizations eligible to apply for CFLI Funding

Within the context of Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras, 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 andagencies 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.

**Eligible organizations must provide proof of local and legal registration in the country in which they plan to implement the project, and have a local bank account**

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, and are legally registered in the country of implementation. Similarly, municipal, regional or national government institutions may receive funding, provided that their projects are essentially local in nature. The CFLI is always looking to fund innovative projects, which deliver measurable results.

Gender-Based Analysis (GBA)- Required by all applicants and projects

In 2017, Canada adopted a Feminist International Assistance Policy to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls as the most effective way to reduce poverty and build a more inclusive, peaceful and prosperous world. In alignment with this policy, a Gender-Based Analysis will be a required element of the CFLI project application process. The purpose of this change is to enhance the gender equality outcomes of the CFLI Program.

A required Gender-Based Analysis will require applicants to:

  • consider how women, girls, men, and boys are affected differently by the problem their project is aiming to address, including to ensure the project does not cause harm,
  • consult women and/or girls in the development of their project proposal, and
  • ensure that those views inform the project design.

Consultations can include, but are not limited to:

  • speaking to women and girls from the local community;
  • speaking to women and other individuals who work for civil society organizations that have worked in the local community;
  • speaking to female and male decision and change-makers, who have knowledge of the local community.

Inadequate completion of a Gender-Based Analysis may affect the consideration of your proposal. Even if the project does not focus directly on addressing gender-based issues, it should at least consider the possible effects that it might have, ensuring no harm, as well as take into consideration the views of women and girls in both project design and implementation.

Eligible Costs

The following costs are eligible within projects for CFLI funding:

  • administrative and overhead costsspecifically relatedto 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 specifically related to the project,
  • 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)
  • 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 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.

Budget information:

  • Budgets should be provided in the currency of the majority of the project expenditures or the organizational bank account currency.
  • Globally, CFLI contributions to projects average about CAD $25,000 (Canadian dollars), however the maximum CFLI contribution towards a project is approximately CAD $45,000. The maximum contribution in local currencies is approximately:
    • USD $35,500 (United States dollars)
    • CRC 19,900,000 (Costa Rican Colones)
    • NIO 1,102,000 (Nicaraguan Cordobas)
    • HNL 835,000 (Honduran Lempiras)

The applying organization should provide at least some level of financing (either from their own funds, other sources or in-kind contributions, and specifying the type and source of additional funding).

Projects are expected to begin by the end of July 2018 and should be finished by 28 February, 2019 (certain exceptions could be made for projects that need to be extended beyond February 28, 2019, please make this clear in the application).

Project evaluation criteria

  • Relevance to the national context where the project will be implemented, and a clear link to the CFLI priorities, including a focus on vulnerable populations.
  • Inclusion of the Gender-Based Analysis related to the project.
  • Project quality / clarity / feasibility (clear objectives, results, activities, beneficiaries, visibility, all feasible within the project timeframe).
  • As well as factors such as project sustainability (capacity building, multiple partners, etc.), project visibility and innovation.

Project applications are kept on file at missions in accordance with Global Affairs Canada’s information management policies.

Due to the high volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be notified.