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Call for Proposal: The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives – Vietnam (2022)

The Embassy of Canada in Vietnam is pleased to launch its annual call for proposal for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI)

Program description

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.

The average CFLI contribution is C$15,000 to C$30,000 Canadian Dollars (C$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.

Vietnam and Canada strengthen cooperation in many sectors. Photo by Vietnam Briefing.

How to apply

  • All projects must be completed between the date of signature of the Contribution Agreement and 28 February 2023.
  • The deadline for submission is May 25, 2022 at 23:59 (GMT+7). Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered. Proposals should be submitted electronically to the following email at HANOI-CFLI@international.gc.ca
  • 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.
  • Application form: Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) Project Application for Funding Form (.pdf, 249.15 KB)
  • To obtain an application form or for questions about the application process, please contact the CFLI Coordinator by email at HANOI-CFLI@international.gc.ca.
  • Project applications are kept on file at missions in accordance with Global Affairs Canada’s information management policies.
  • Two-year programming: Projects spanning two fiscal years (April 2022 to February 2024) may be permitted depending on the project objectives and the complexity of activities.

Organizations eligible to apply for CFLI funding

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.

Thematic priorities

All projects must align with at least one of the following CFLI thematic priorities:

  • Environment and climate action focusing on adaptation and mitigation, as well as on plastics waste.
  • Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, including a focus on working to improve the economic livelihoods of females’ participants from ethnic minority groups in Vietnam.
  • Awareness building on environment protection, climate chage adaptation, disaster risk mitigation, sustainable energy, livelihood sustainable development.

Eligible costs

The following project costs are eligible for CFLI funding:

  • accounting costs
  • administrative and overhead costs related to the project (overhead should not exceed 15% of total CFLI contribution)
  • advocacy and lobbying related costs
  • capital and/or operating expenditures related to the lease and/or purchase and/or building of infrastructure
  • civic education costs
  • conference and event expenditures
  • costs of services received by recipients
  • domestic travel expenses, using lowest fares possible but not exceeding full fare economy class
  • environmental assessment costs
  • facilities charges,
  • equipment rental, and/or purchase (only when the purchase is required to meet project objectives, reflects good value for money, and the recipient has a strong care-and-maintenance plan in place for equipment sustainability),
  • hospitality costs, excluding alcoholic beverages
  • installation, maintenance, shipping and/or transportation costs, including fuel, computers and communication devices
  • lease or rental of vehicles
  • legal costs
  • medical costs
  • miscellaneous expenses integral to the project
  • outreach, communication and information dissemination costs
  • publishing costs
  • radio and television broadcast fees
  • research-related costs
  • salary costs, including stipends, relating to the project,
  • security costs
  • training and capacity building expenditures
  • translation and interpretation fees
  • vehicle and equipment operation, installation and/or maintenance
  • website development and related costs

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,
  • seed funding and/or microfinance,
  • core funding or recurrent costs of an organization
  • expenses incurred prior to the signing of the contribution agreement, or after it expires

Source from: Canada Embassy The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives – Vietnam (2022) (international.gc.ca)

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