Canada Fund for Local Initiatives in South Sudan.

The Embassy of Canada South Sudan 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: Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Peace and security, with a focus on conflict prevention and building peace.Human dignity, covering health, education, and nutrition. The 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.

COVID-19 Crisis

For 2020-21, the CFLI can also be used to fund projects that aim to respond to the complex COVID-19 crisis.

To be considered for funding, the project proposal must meet one of the CFLI Thematic Priorities.

Additionally, applicants must clearly explain how the project intends to help local efforts to prepare for, respond to, and recover from the COVID-19 crisis.

Some examples of possible CFLI COVID-19 projects (please note these are only examples, other types of projects that support preparation for, response to and recovery from the COVID crisis will be considered): Promoting proper sanitation and hygiene by establishing hand washing stations, and teaching proper handwashing techniques, in low-income communities. Raising awareness about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through radio and social media campaigns. Supporting local health systems by providing temperature reading and health care referrals at established points in coordination with the Ministry of Health.

Supporting the ability of local organizations to provide increased counseling and support services for victims of sexual and gender-based violence, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Supporting mental health and well-being in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic through telehealth counseling. Improving access to health care in rural communities by equipping mobile medical clinics with basic medicines and personal protective equipment for health care workers. Improving nutrition for low-income communities impacted by COVID-19 by equipping mobile food banks.

Gender-based Analysis

Canada adopted its 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, 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 designNote that consultations can include, but are not limited to, speaking to women and girls from the local community, women and other individuals who work for civil society organizations that have worked in the local community and female and male decision and change makers who have knowledge of the local community.

Inadequate completion of a GBA may affect the consideration of your proposal.


The average CFLI contribution is $20,000 to $30,000 Canadian Dollars (CAD$30,000 is the maximum allocation amount for a project eligible under CFLI). Consult the currency converter for US Dollar equivalents.

Please note that all contributions are made in Canadian dollars and then converted to US Dollars.


Eligible recipients include Local non-governmental, community, and not-for-profit organizations; Local academic institutions working on local projects. 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. The CFLI is always looking to fund innovative projects that deliver measurable results.

Deadline: 14th June, 2020

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