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Embassy of Canada in China: Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) 2020

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted April 3, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on April 12, 2020
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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.

All projects must align with at least one of the following CFLI thematic priorities:
a) Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
b) Inclusive governance, including diversity, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
c) Human dignity, covering health, education and nutrition, including the response of local non-governmental and not-for-profit organizations to coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.
d) 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.
e) Environment and climate action focusing on adaptation and mitigation, as well as on water management.

Eligible recipients include:
1. Local, national or community-based organization (non-governmental and not-for-profit);
2. Local municipal, regional or national government institution or agency of the recipient country;
3. Local academic institution;
4. Canadian organization (non-governmental and not-for-profit) that is working on local development activities;
5. International or regional organization (non-governmental or not-for-profit) that is working on local development activities;
6. Intergovernmental or multilateral institution, organization or agency working on local development activities.

The average CFLI contribution is in the range of $10,000 -$40,000 Canadian Dollars.
Note: All contributions are made in Canadian dollars and then converted to the local currency.

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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 in China.

The deadline for submission is April 13, 2020 at 23:59 (GMT+8).
Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered.
Proposals must be submitted electronically.

All projects must be completed between the date of signature of the Contribution Agreement and February 28, 2021 (and for projects which span two years, they should be completed by February 28, 2022).

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 03
Apr 03

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... - they will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
Apr 04
Apr 04

Thanks, Ana.