Canada Fund for Local Initiatives Kosovo

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Embassy of Canada to Croatia and Kosovo
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Organizatat Jo-Qeveritare, Institucionet Publike, Universitetet, Autoritetet Lokale


The Embassy of Canada in Croatia and Kosovo is pleased to launch its annual call for proposals for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) 2021-2022.

CFLI program description

CFLI supports small-scale but high-impact projects in developing countries, reflecting Canada’s foreign policy and international assistance priorities such as human rights, women’s empowerment, democracy and application of the rule of law. The CFLI program focuses on projects conceived and designed predominantly by local partners. 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. Projects are selected and approved by the Embassy of Canada to Croatia and Kosovo based in Zagreb, Croatia.

How to apply

  • All projects must be completed between the date of signature of the Contribution Agreement and February 28, 2022.
  • The deadline for submission of projects under CFLI thematic priorities is May 30, 2021. Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered. Proposals should be submitted electronically to the following email: with “ATTN CFLI – NAME OF THE ORGANIZATION” as the subject heading.
  • 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.
  • 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 within a period of 3 to 5 weeks.
  • For any questions about the application process, please contact with ATTN CFLI Assistance as the subject heading.
  • Two-year programming: On an exceptional basis, projects spanning two fiscal years (June 2021 to February 2023) may be permitted depending on the project objectives and the complexity of activities.
  • One-year project applications can be funded up to CAD $20,000.00 while a two-year project can be funded up to CAD $35,000.00
  • While project funds will be issued in Euros, the amount of funding is determined in Canadian dollars. Hence, in the project documentation the budget should be specified in Canadian Dollars (CAD). Consult the currency converter for local currency equivalents.
  • Please note: The risk related to currency fluctuations lies with the project implementer
  • CFLI funds can only pay for expenses identified and incurred after the signing of the contribution agreement between the Embassy and the implementing partner
  • All projects must be completed between the date of signature of the contribution agreement and the completion date noted in the contribution agreement.
  • Project applications are kept on file at missions in accordance with Global Affairs Canada’s information management policies.

Organizations eligible to apply for CFLI funding

In eligible countries such as Kosovo, eligible recipients include:

  • Local non-governmental, community and not-for-profit organizations
  • Local 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 working on local development activities

Priority will be given to local civil society organizations (including non-governmental organizations). 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 or national government institutions may receive funding, provided that their projects are essentially local in nature. The Embassy encourages organisations, which have not benefited from CFLI funding before to apply. In assessing applications, the selection committee will prioritize applications focusing on concrete results that are innovative, sustainable and accountable to their participants and communities.

Thematic priorities

All projects must align with the thematic priorities identified as:

1) The advancement and empowerment of women and girls. This can be defined as:

  • Improving gender equality
  • Facilitating women’s political participation and engagement at the local, regional and national levels
  • Bridging the pay gap
  • Leveling the entrepreneurial or political playing field for women
  • Implementing strategies to prevent gender based violence
  • Safeguarding assistance for victims of domestic violence
  • Offering educational workshops and vocational training for disadvantaged women and girls
  • Improving participation of women in STEM disciplines
  • Furthering and improving reproductive rights
  • Facilitating access to investment opportunities


2)  Inclusive governance including diversity, human rights and the rule of law. This can be defined as:

  • Advancing women’s leadership and decision making in governance and public sector management at all levels
  • Strengthening legal systems and promote reforms that eliminate all forms of discrimination against women, girls, and other marginalized groups
  • Improving access to justice for women, girls, and other marginalized groups
  • Supporting the protection of women’s human rights defenders.
  • Supporting the efforts and capacity of governments at all levels to ensure public services respond better to the needs and potential of women and girls and other marginalized groups
  • Enhancing the accountability and transparency of partner countries’ institutions and processes
  • Supporting citizen participation, including through innovative and technology-enabled means, to promote ownership and sustainability in social, political, and economic processes
  • Strengthening capacity for equitable service delivery at all levels of government
  • Strengthening civil society and increase democratic political participation, including that of women, youth and marginalized groups; create and maintain, in law and in practice, a safe and enabling environment for civil society and the media (including women’s organizations and women’s rights defenders)
  • A more stable society where respect for diversity is celebrated rather than discouraged; where there is incentive for a safe and open exchange of views on various platforms, and cooperation across groups
  • Advocating for the rule of law and, equal access to justice in government institutions and services and reduced levels of corruption; to protect vulnerable and marginalized groups.

*Where possible, CFLI projects should also include a focus on engagement, inclusion and exchange between various ethnic communities, with a view to supporting multiculturalism, tolerance and diversity in Kosovo.

Gender-Based Analysis (GBA)

In 2017, Canada adopted a Feminist International Assistance Policy to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. In alignment with this policy, a Gender-Based Analysis will be a required element of the CFLI project application process.

A Gender-Based Analysis will require applicants to:

  • 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;
  • consult women and/or girls in the development of their project proposal; and
  • 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. Inadequate completion of a Gender-Based Analysis may affect the consideration of your proposal.

Eligible costs

The following costs are eligible within projects for CFLI funding:

  • Administrative and overhead costs specifically 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 (international travel expenses must receive prior approval from the CFLI Unit)
  • Lease or rental of vehicles
  • Vehicle and equipment operation, installation and/or maintenance
  • Website development and related costs
  • Miscellaneous expenses integral to the project

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
  • Core funding
  • Expenses incurred prior to the signing of the CA, or after it expires

Application documents

  • Guide for Gender-Based Analysis (GBA)
  • CFLI Project Application form
  • CFLI Project budget for 1 and/or 2 fiscal years

To obtain these documents or for questions about the application process, please contact Dino Galinovic by email at

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