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Canadian Local Initiatives Support Program (COVID-19 response)

The Embassy of Canada in Ukraine is pleased to launch a special* call for proposals for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) which will specifically address the needs of local communities in preparing for, responding to and recovering from the COVID-19 crisis in Ukraine.

Deadline 04/27/2020

The CFLI is a program designed to support small-scale, high-impact projects 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.

The CFLI also serves to support positive bilateral relations between Canada and Ukraine and its civil society, by deepening contacts and supporting local endeavors.

Thematic priorities

All projects must address a need created by the COVID-19 crisis, and align with at least one of the following CFLI thematic priorities:

  • human dignity, covering health, education and nutrition;
  • gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls;
  • 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;
  • peace and security, with a focus on conflict prevention and building peace.

*Please note that another call for proposals, not related to COVID-19, will be launched later this year.

Canada Fund projects must conform to the principles of results-based management and incorporate the fundamentals of gender equality.   As such, projects must clearly outline the project’s expected results and resources required. Projects should also provide basic indicators (measures) that will be used to track progress towards the achievement of results. Projects will be expected to provide an Interim Report, showing the progress towards the results they identified in the application and the Final Report at the end of the Project.

Organizations eligible to apply for CFLI funding

In order to qualify for a Canada Fund contribution, applicants must meet the following basic eligibility requirements:

Be an established Ukrainian local community group or organization, namely:

  • Local academic institutions working on local projects;
  • Local NGO, community and non-profit organizations;
  • International, intergovernmental, multilateral and regional institutions, organizations and agencies working on local development activities;
  • Municipal, regional or national government institutions or agencies working on local projects;
  • Canadian non-governmental and non-for-profit organizations that are working on local development activities through a local office.

 – Be prepared to submit all relevant registration documents issued by Ukrainian state authorities;

- Have an active bank account at a Ukrainian financial institution and be prepared to submit information about it together with the application form;

- Submit a completed funding application (together with the Budget) in the form stipulated by the Embassy of Canada;

- Be able to demonstrate a tangible benefit to the target group.

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 can 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 or national government institutions may receive funding, provided that their projects are essentially local in nature.

The CFLI is always looking to fund innovative projects, which deliver measurable results.

All Canada Fund initiatives must publicize the project’s results through the local media and commit to disseminating the results to other communities and regions. Recipients will be under commitment to acknowledge Canadian contribution in any public reference to the project such as but not limited to announcements, interviews, speeches, press releases, publications, signage, websites and social networks, advertising and promotional materials and advertising.

Gender-based analysis (GBA)

In 2017, 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 harm;
  • consult women and/or girls in the development of their project proposal; and
  • ensure that the views of those women and/or girls inform the project’s design.

Note 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.

For more information, please follow this link GBA analysis guide for CFLI applicants

Eligible costs

The following project costs are eligible for CFLI funding:

  • administrative and overhead costs specifically related to the project (overhead should not exceed 15% of total CFLI contribution);
  • 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;
  • domestic travel expenses, 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; and
  • miscellaneous expenses integral to the project.

The following costs are not eligible for CFLI funding:

  • core funding;
  • expenses incurred prior to the signing of the contribution agreement, or after it expires;
  • nuclear technologies and facilities;
  • assistance to military or paramilitary organizations;
  • gifts;
  • luxury goods;
  • direct fiscal support to a government.

How to apply

The average CFLI contribution for one project is usually around CAD $25 000 (contribution amounts vary depending on the project, and usually the maximum allocation amount is CAD $50 000 per proposal). Please note that all contributions are made in Canadian dollars and then converted to the Ukrainian Hryvnia.

All projects must be completed between the date of signature of the Contribution Agreement and February 28, 2021.

The deadline for submission is  Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

In order to apply for project funding, the following documents must be submitted:

  1. Application for funding;
  1. Project budget;
  1. Two letters of recommendation in support of the application (may be provided by previous donors, partners, local authorities, etc.);
  2. Copy of the certificate of state registration.

Proposals should be submitted electronically by using Google Form:

Only those proposals using the designated application form and including the required budget document will be considered.

For more information on the types of activities and costs that are eligible for CFLI funding, please refer to the list of CFLI approved activities and costs.

Proposals must be completed in English or French.

Project proposals must explicitly answer all questions in the CFLI project application form, including the required gender-based analysis. The proposed project budget should summarize the proposed activities and associated costs.

Applications will be assessed for approval on their merits by a selection committee.

Due to the large number of applicants, only the successful candidates will be contacted.

For questions about the application process, please contact the CFLI Coordinator by email at .

Project applications are kept on file at missions in accordance with Global Affairs Canada’s information management policies.


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