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Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) – Barbados and the OECS

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) is a program designed to fund small-scale but high-impact projects in Official Development Assistance (ODA) eligible countries, which align with Global Affairs Canada’s thematic priority areas for engagement. The program is directed at projects conceived and designed by local entities. Projects are selected and approved by the relevant Canadian Embassy or High Commission. The CFLI also serves to support positive bilateral relations between Canada, recipient countries and their respective civil societies by deepening contacts and supporting local endeavours.

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) program for the eastern Caribbean is administered directly through the High Commission of Canada for Barbados and the eastern Caribbean, based in Bridgetown, Barbados. The CFLI program is funded and administered separately from Canada’s Caribbean Regional Development Program, which covers the CARICOM countries.

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) provides direct funding assistance to:

  • Non-governmental, community and not-for-profit organizations,
  • Academic institutions working on local projects,
  • International, 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,
  • Canadian non-governmental and not-for-profit organizations that are working on local development activities.
  • The CFLI is always looking to fund innovative projects, which deliver measurable results.

Thematic Priorities

*All projects must align with at least one of the CFLI thematic priorities.
  • Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls; This specifically refers to sexual and gender-based violence, child and early forced marriage, gender mutilation and cutting; strengthening women’s organizations; and strengthening the capacity and systems of state and non-state actors to advance gender equality.
  • Environment and climate action focusing on adaption and mitigation, as well as on water management.

NEW Gender-Based Analysis (GBA)

In 2017, Canada adopted a 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, a Gender-Based Analysis will be a required element of the CFLI project application process. The purpose of this change is to enhance the gender equality outcomes of the CFLI Program.
A Gender-Based Analysis will require applicants to: a) consider how women, girls, men, and boys are affected differently by the problem their project is aiming to address, including to ensure the project does not cause harm, b) consult women and/or girls in the development of their project proposal, and c) ensure that those views inform the project design.
Consultations can include, but are not limited to: speaking to women and girls from the local community; speaking to women and other individuals who work for civil society organizations that have worked in the local community; speaking to female and male decision and change-makers, who have knowledge of the local community.

CFLI Eligible Costs

CFLI funds can be disbursed to cover costs that are integral to a project covered by a contribution agreement, such as:
  • administrative and overhead costs related to the project;
  • 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;
  • travel expenses, using lowest fares possible but not exceeding full fare economy class; only within the OECS countries. 
  • lease or rental of vehicles;
  • vehicle and equipment operation, installation and/or maintenance;
  • website development and related costs; and/or
  • miscellaneous expenses integral to the project.

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