The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives | Ethiopia and Djibouti (2024)

21 The Embassy of Canada to Ethiopia invites proposals for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), supporting impactful local projects aligned with Global Affairs Canada’s priorities.

Unlocking Opportunities: The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives

The CFLI empowers local partners, fostering positive bilateral relations and supporting grassroots initiatives. In 2024, the CFLI extends its reach to Ethiopia and Djibouti, offering a unique opportunity for local organizations to create lasting community impacts. This article will assist potential applicants in navigating the application process successfully.


Note the deadline for submission on your calendar: February 9, 2024. Complete your proposal promptly to be considered for this exciting opportunity.

Projects Priorities

Projects in Ethiopia must align with CFLI thematic priorities:

  • Inclusive governance, including diversity, 2SLGBTQI+, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.
  • Peace and security, with a focus on conflict prevention, justice, accountability, and building peace.

In Djibouti, project priorities are

  • Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
  • Inclusive economic growth, focusing on women’s economic rights, decent jobs, entrepreneurship, investing in the poorest and most vulnerable, and safeguarding economic gains.

Grant Amount

The CFLI typically provides $40,000 to 60,000 Canadian Dollars (CAD), with $100,000 being the maximum for eligible projects. Check the currency converter for local equivalents. This funding aims to spark positive change and sustainable development in supported communities.

Gender-based analysis

Gender-based analysis (GBA) is now a crucial part of the CFLI project application process, aligning with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy. The goal is to improve gender equality outcomes within the CFLI program. Applicants must consider the different impacts of their projects on women, girls, men, and boys, ensuring no harm is caused. Consultations with women and girls during proposal development are essential, ensuring their perspectives inform the project’s design. Consultations may involve discussions with local women and girls, civil society members, and decision-makers familiar with the community. Failure to adequately complete a GBA may impact the consideration of your proposal.

Eligibility Criteria

Recipients eligible for CFLI funding include local NGOs, academic institutions, international NGOs engaged in local development, intergovernmental entities collaborating locally, government institutions at various levels, and Canadian NGOs focusing on local development. The primary focus is on supporting local civil society organizations, though other entities working with local partners on aligned projects may also qualify. Innovative projects delivering measurable results are encouraged.

The Embassy of Canada to Ethiopia has two CFLI funding envelopes, with this call targeting Ethiopia and Djibouti. Another call for proposals centered on the African Union and Pan-African issues will be released separately.


CFLI funding does not cover nuclear technologies, assistance to military organizations, gifts, luxury goods, direct fiscal support to governments, seed funding or microfinance, core funding, recurrent organization costs, or expenses before or after the contribution agreement period.

Organizations eligible for CFLI funding:

  • Local non-profits and community organizations
  • Local academic institutions involved in local projects
  • International NGOs engaged in local development
  • Intergovernmental, multilateral, and regional institutions working on local development
  • Government institutions at municipal, regional, or national levels focusing on local projects
  • Canadian non-profits dedicated to local development activities.

Application Process

How to Apply for CFLI Funding:

  • Projects must be completed between the Contribution Agreement signature and February 21, 2025 (for one-year) or February 21, 2026 (for two-year projects).
  • Submit the preliminary application by 09 February 2024, 23:59 (GMT+3) electronically to
  • Request the application form or seek assistance via
  • Use the designated application form and include the required budget document for consideration.
  • Refer to the CFLI-approved activities and costs for eligible information.
  • Proposals should be in English or French, addressing all questions and including a gender-based analysis in the project application form.
  • The project budget should outline proposed activities and costs.
  • A selection committee will assess applications.
  • Only successful candidates will be contacted for a full proposal submission.
  • Project applications are stored in line with Global Affairs Canada’s information management policies.
  • Two-year projects (April 2024 to February 2026) may be considered based on project objectives and complexity.

Documentation and Requirements

The key documentation and requirements are as follows:

  • Project Overview: Clearly state project goals, objectives, and expected impact. Summarize alignment with the funding organization’s objectives.
  • Budget Details: Provide a detailed budget outlining project expenses. AA Clearly specifies fund allocation across project components.
  • Project Timeline: Develop a realistic timeline with key milestones. Align with the funding organization’s expectations and deadlines.
  • Organizational Information: Share essential organization details, emphasizing experience. Attach necessary legal documents for legitimacy.
  • Partnership Confirmation: Provide documents confirming partnerships and roles. Define partner responsibilities in project implementation.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation: Outline a robust plan for project monitoring and evaluation. Specify key performance indicators for effectiveness.
  • Risk Management: Identify potential project risks. Present a comprehensive risk management strategy.
  • Guideline Compliance: Thoroughly review and adhere to funding guidelines. Ensure documentation meets all specified requirements.
  • Contact Information: Offer accurate contact details for the primary project contact. Include email addresses and phone numbers.
  • Appendix (if needed): Include additional supporting documents. Ensure appendix materials strengthen the overall proposal.

Tips for Successful Applications

Increase your chances of success with these helpful tips:

  • Thoroughly Understand CFLI’s Objectives: Align your proposal with CFLI’s goals to showcase its relevance.
  • Clear Project Impact: Clearly articulate how your project will positively impact local communities and contribute to CFLI’s overarching objectives.
  • Collaborate Effectively: If applicable, highlight partnerships strengthening the project’s potential impact and sustainability.


The chance offered by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives is thrilling for Ethiopian and Djiboutian organizations aiming to bring about positive transformations. By following the guidelines, grasping eligibility criteria, and creating a compelling proposal, local initiatives have the chance to receive the backing required to create a lasting influence on their communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will proposals be assessed, and what criteria are considered? 

Proposals are typically reviewed based on their alignment with objectives, feasibility, sustainability, and potential impact. Refer to the specific evaluation criteria outlined in the Call for Proposals.

Can our proposal include capacity-building components?

Yes, some calls may encourage capacity-building initiatives. Highlight how your project empowers youth participants and contributes to their skill development.

What is the process for submitting proposals? 

Follow the submission instructions outlined in the Call for Proposals. Submit all required documents through the specified channels before the deadline.

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