Canada Fund for Local Initiatives: Call for Proposals in India, Nepal, and Bhutan

The High Commission of Canada to India is excited to announce the launch of the annual call for proposals for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) in India, Nepal, and Bhutan for the year 2024. The CFLI is a program aimed at supporting small-scale, high-impact projects in developing countries that align with Global Affairs Canada’s thematic priority areas.

The CFLI program focuses on projects primarily conceived and designed by local partners. The selection and approval of projects are carried out by the relevant Canadian embassy or high commission. By supporting local initiatives, the CFLI aims to foster positive bilateral relations between Canada and recipient countries, as well as their civil societies.

The CFLI provides financial contributions ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 Canadian Dollars (CAD), with a maximum allocation of CAD$100,000 for eligible projects. All contributions are made in Canadian dollars and then converted to the local currency.

To apply for the CFLI, projects must be completed between the date of the Contribution Agreement signature and February 28, 2025. The deadline for submission is March 10, 2024, at 23:59 (GMT 6:00). Proposals should be submitted electronically to, using the designated application form and including the required budget document.

The CFLI funding is open to various types of organizations, including local non-governmental, community, and not-for-profit organizations, academic institutions, international non-governmental organizations, intergovernmental and multilateral institutions, as well as municipal, regional, and national government institutions or agencies.

Projects funded by the CFLI must align with at least one of the following thematic priorities: inclusive governance, growth that works for everyone, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, human dignity, and environment and climate action.

In line with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, the CFLI now requires a gender-based analysis (GBA) in the project application process. Applicants are expected to consider the different impacts of their projects on women, girls, men, and boys, consult women and/or girls in project development, and ensure that their views inform the project’s design.

For more information on CFLI funding eligibility, approved activities and costs, and the application process, please contact the CFLI Coordinator at

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