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The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives

For over three decades, Canada has funded modest development assistance projects worldwide through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).

The CFLI provides financial assistance to cover part or all the costs of projects that are comparatively modest in scope, scale and expense, and are generally designed and developed by authorities or organizations of local base, proposed and implemented by them. This enables Canada to respond to local needs by working at the community level.

The Canada Fund is also a major tool of the Canadian government to strengthen relations between Canada, the Brazilian civil society and the local communities, helping to build networks of contacts in around the world.

Thematic Priorities

The CFLI funds projects aligned with the following priorities:

1.    Championing inclusive and accountable governance, peaceful pluralism and respect for diversity, and human rights;

2.    Promoting gender equality and empowerment of women and girls;

3.    Addressing climate change and enhancing environmental sustainability;

4.    Stimulating sustainable and green economic growth; and

5.    Promoting stability and security.

In exceptional situations, the CFLI can allocate resources for humanitarian assistance due to natural disasters and local emergencies.

Eligible CFLI Recipients

  • 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 through a local office.

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 (limited cross-border travel within a region could be considered on an exceptional basis),
  • revolving funds, (that is, funds used to advance loans to individuals, i.e. microfinance),
  • expenses incurred prior to the signing of the Contribution Agreement, or after it expires.

Examples of Eligible Costs:

  • administrative and overhead costs specifically related to 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 relating to the project,
  • security costs,
  • translation and interpretation fees,
  • travel expenses, excluding for international travel, using lowest fares possible but not exceeding full fare economy class
  • lease or rental of vehicles,
  • vehicle and equipment operation, installation and/or maintenance,
  • website development and related costs,
  • miscellaneous expenses integral to the project.

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