Grant Name: The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives – Jamaica (2022)





April 1, 2022 11:59pm (GMT+5)


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 endeavors. As Canada continues its international development assistance during the COVID19 pandemic, supporting local development projects is of high priority. As the world navigates the pandemic, local organizations have a key role to play in fostering a solid recovery. Communities and organizations working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are well placed to identify solutions to the emerging challenges. As international development partners around the world join forces to navigate the period, the High Commission of Canada is leveraging CFLI to support Jamaican organizations who provide services to communities and individuals most at risk. The current crisis is both a health crisis and a socioeconomic one, exacerbating existing inequalities, and further exposing vulnerabilities at the family, community and national levels. This crisis particularly impacts women, girls and other vulnerable groups who are at increased risk of experiencing increased levels of poverty. We encourage you to think creatively but projects with a comprehensive development response will be prioritized, including projects that address a singular or varying aspect of the response, namely: supporting leadership and economic independence, showing innovation in reducing digital inequalities, strengthening socio-economic and educational opportunities for women and girls, creating new business models and new ways of delivering products and services that create sustainable livelihoods and that benefit poorer communities and individuals. This year, along with the usual Call for Proposals for local projects, Canada Fund is also seeking regional projects that respond to emerging development issues across the region. Projects will need to complement Canadian priority issues, increase visibility and/or advocacy on priority issues for Canada and support the most vulnerable and marginalized. Regional projects are to focus on migration, indigenous leadership, and/or health and disaster mitigation (in response to COVID-19). The average CFLI contribution for local projects is $10,000 to $25,000 Canadian Dollars.

The average CFLI contribution for regional projects is $30,000 to $35,000 Canadian Dollars. Consult the currency converter for local currency equivalents. Please note that all contributions are made in Canadian dollars and then converted to the local currency.


Eligible recipients include:

  • Local non-governmental, community and not-for-profit organizations,
  • Local academic institutions working on local projects,
  • International non-governmental organizations working on local development activities,
  • 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.

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 may 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 and national government institutions may receive funding, provided that their projects are essentially local in nature. The CFLI is always looking to fund innovative projects that deliver measurable results.

How to Apply?

  • All projects must be completed between the date of signature of the Contribution Agreement and February 28, 2023.
  • The deadline for submission is Friday, April 1, 2022 at 23:59 (GMT+ 5). Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered. Proposals should be submitted electronically to the following email:
  • 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.
  • CFLI application form: Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) Project Application for Funding Form (.pdf, 249.15 KB)
  • To obtain an application form by email or for questions about the application process, please contact the CFLI Coordinator at:
  • Project applications are kept on file at missions in accordance with Global Affairs Canada’s information management policies.

Funding Amount

Up to a maximum of $35,000

Contact Information

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