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





February 20, 2022 at 11:59pm (GMT+5:30)


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.

The average CFLI contribution is $30,000 to $50,000 Canadian Dollars (CAD$100,000 is the maximum allocation amount for a project eligible under CFLI). 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, national or community-based organization (non-governmental and not-for-profit)
  • Local municipal, regional or national government institution or agency of the recipient country
  • Local academic institution
  • Canadian organization (non-governmental or not-for-profit) that is working on local development activities
  • International or regional organization (non-governmental or not-for-profit) that is working on local development activities
  • Intergovernmental or multilateral institution, organization or agency 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?

Stage 1: Concept Note

    • Implementing agency, registration number and contact information
    • Proposed project name and description
    • Country of implementation (Sri Lanka only)
    • Proposed project amount in your local currency
    • Project goals
    • Target population – who are you aiming to reach and support and expected number of beneficiaries
    • Expected results
    • Advocacy plans
    • Potential risks
  • The deadline for submitting a concept note is 11:59 p.m. (GMT+5:30) on Sunday February 20, 2022. Concept notes submitted after this deadline will not be considered.
  • Submit your concept note to:

Stage 2: Application form

  • Selected applicants will be contacted by mid-March and will have two weeks to complete an application form with a detailed budget.
  • Projects must be completed between the date of signature of the Contribution Agreement and February 28, 2023 (or 2024 for projects that span two fiscal years).
  • Partner organizations will need to have a bank account with a major bank in Sri Lanka.
  • Proposals must be completed in English or French.
  • Project applications must specify how much money is being noted in local currency and Canadian dollars.
  • Budgets should detail the proposed activities and associated costs; the more detailed the budget, the easier it will be for the selection committee to assess.
  • Successful applicants will have approximately 10 months to implement the chosen project (May 2022 to February 2023). Projects spanning two fiscal years (June 2022 to February 2024) may be permitted, depending on the project objectives and the complexity of activities.
  • Project applications are kept on file at missions in accordance with Global Affairs Canada’s information management policies.
  • For questions about the application process, please contact the CFLI Coordinator at:

Funding Amount

Up to a maximum of $100,000

Contact Information

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