High Commission of Canada to Sri Lanka and Maldives

Call for Proposals

The High Commission of Canada in Colombo is pleased to announce that it is accepting project proposals for Sri Lanka and the Maldives under the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives exercise for FY2018-19.

Please note that the deadline for receiving proposals is 4.30 pm on April 19, 2018.

What is the Canada Fund?

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) is an annual contribution by Global Affairs Canada, delivered through Canadas missions abroad. CFLI supports small-scale but high-impact projects in developing countries, which align with the six action areas that guide the Government of Canadas international assistance.  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. It is aimed at providing funding to community groups, non-government organizations, civil society and, in exceptional cases, international NGOs and government institutions. The CFLI supports small, local projects addressing governance, democracy, human rights, gender and womens rights, capacity-building, economic, and other social development issues. The High Commission of Canada in Colombo administers the CFLI in Sri Lanka and Maldives.

Eligible recipients of assistance

Eligible recipients include duly registered;

  • Local non-governmental, 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
  • Canadian non-governmental and not-for-profit organizations that are working on local development activities

2018-2019 Thematic Priorities

Each CFLI eligible country prepares an annual strategy at the start of each fiscal year. For Sri Lanka and Maldives for the fiscal year 2018-2019 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
  • Peace and security, with a focus on conflict prevention and building peace 

NEW! Gender-Based Analysis (GBA)

In line with Government of Canadas Feminist International Assistance Policy, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls must inform decision-making at all levels. In the context of the CFLI, the participation of women in all project stages is highly encouraged. Gender should be mainstreamed in the project proposals.

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 Gender-Based Analysis will require applicants to: a) 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, b) consult women and/or girls in the development of their project proposal, and c) 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. 

Eligible Costs

The following costs are eligible within projects for CFLI funding:

  • 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, 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.
  • fellowships or scholarships for individuals to study abroad, participation of one or more in conferences abroad.
  • Cash contributions to general charity appeals, capital purchase of lands, buildings and vehicles. 

Project proposal and approval

  • The fiscal year for CFLI is from 01st April of a calendar year to the 31st March of the following calendar year.
  • The deadline for receiving proposals is 4.30 pm on 19 April 2018.
  • Interested, eligible implementing partners should request a project proposal template from [email protected]
  • To apply for a contribution from CFLI, applicants must submit a written proposal to the High Commission of Canada in Colombo using the CFLI proposal template.
  • If the proposal is deemed eligible, the CFLI Coordinator will prepare the documents for the submission to the CFLI Committee.
  • The CFLI Committee will review and assess applications and make recommendations to the Head of Mission on approval and funding.
  • Projects must be completed within the fiscal year (April-March).
  • The applicant must demonstrate capacity to implement the project. The beneficiaries should be active participants in the planning and implementation of the project to maximize its effectiveness and long-term sustainability.
  • The applicant and the beneficiary community should within their means, make a contribution to the project including contributions in kind.
  • The project, or at least the components financed by the CFLI, should be implementable within the time period mentioned on the project proposal.
  • To diversify the projects assisted, it is not usual practice to provide supplementary or repeat contributions in the consecutive years to the same applicant or the same activity.
  • Contributions are modest with the majority of contributions less than CDN$ 50,000. The recurrent and operational costs of projects are the responsibility of the applicant/beneficiary groups. After the initial CFLI contribution, self-reliance is the goal.

Making a request

If your project proposal conforms to the CFLI criteria above, you may wish to submit it to the High Commission of Canada in Colombo for consideration. Initial advice on project proposals can be sought from the CFLI Coordinator. Your project proposal must use the CFLI proposal and budget templates. It should contain sufficient information to enable the CFLI Committee to process it quickly. The final selection decision of a project will be at the sole discretion of the CFLI Committee together with the Head of Mission.


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