The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives – South Africa (2023)

Deadline: 20-Apr-23
The High Commission of Canada in South Africa 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.

Thematic Priorities
All projects must align with at least one of the following CFLI thematic priorities:Inclusive governance, including diversity, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.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.Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.Human dignity, covering health, education and nutrition.

Within these thematic areas, the High Commission of Canada in South Africa will prioritize projects with a specific focus on one or more of the following:Lowering the incidence of gender-based violence.Encouraging civic participation by members of marginalized or under-represented groups.Supporting the realization of equal rights for persons with diverse cultural, gender, and sexual identities.Enabling greater participation in digital and low-carbon economies.

Funding Information
The average CFLI contribution is $30,000 to $40,000 Canadian Dollars.
The purpose of this process is to select approximately 8-10 projects to be implemented between September 2023 and February 2024. All project activities must normally be completed by February 28, 2024.

Eligibility Criteria
Eligible recipients include:Local non-governmental, community and not-for-profit organizations,Local academic institutions working on local projects,International non-governmental organizations working on local development activities,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, andCanadian 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 may 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 and national government institutions may receive funding, provided that their projects are essentially local in nature. The CFLI is always looking to fund innovative projects that deliver measurable results.

In alignment with this policy, the CFLI project application process now requires a gender-based analysis (GBA). The purpose of this change is to enhance the gender equality outcomes of the CFLI program.
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 harmconsult women and/or girls in the development of their project proposalensure that the views of those women and/or girls inform the project’s design

Evaluation Criteria
Expressions of Interest and Project Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of:Concision and clarityFeasibilityImpactInnovationAlignment with CFLI priorities.
Preference will be given to applicants who have not received CFLI funding in the last two years.

Each organization is limited to the submission of one Expression of Interest and one Project Proposal.
Due to the large number of applicants, only the successful candidates will be contacted.


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