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Canada Fund for Local Initiatives: Call for Proposals 2015-16

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The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) supports projects proposed and implemented by community groups, NGOs, regional government institutions, and other grassroots organizations working on local development activities. Since 1997, the CFLI has funded over 400 small projects focused on reducing poverty and strengthening good governance.

This year, we are accepting proposals for projects focusing on the following themes:

Preventing sexual and gender based violence;
Protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, including vulnerable groups such as sexual minorities;
Strengthening economic governance, including building free markets and an effective enabling environment for business;
Preventing child, early and forced marriage;
Protecting religious freedom.

All projects must demonstrate gender equality, environmental protection, sustainability, and active participation of beneficiaries.

Project proposal submission deadline: August 31, 2015, 17:00 local time
Project implementation dates: November 1, 2015 through February 26, 2016
Maximum funding: 50 million MNT

Project proposals can be submitted in either English or Mongolian. Project guidelines and application form can be found on the Canada Fund website at

Please note that only selected proposals will be contacted. Proposals sent after the submission deadline, and proposals that do not meet the project requirements will be automatically eliminated from the selection process.


About us

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The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) program is a small grants program that the Government of Canada operates in over one hundred developing countries around the world. Mongolia’s Canada Fund program was initiated in April 1997 after Mongolia’s addition to the eligibility list for Canadian development assistance. Canada’s Senate Speaker Gildas Molgat officially announced the start of Canadian aid to Mongolia when he visited Ulaanbaatar in March/April 1997. Ambassador Howard Balloch, on his visit to Mongolia in February 1998, signed an official Exchange of Letters with Mongolia’s External Relations Minister Altangerel, confirming the nature of development cooperation between Canada and Mongolia. The budget for the Mongolia CFLI in 1997/1998 was later set at $150,000. Since then the budget has grown from $150,000.00 to $800,000.00 CDN per annum. Since its inception, the Canada Fund in Mongolia has supported over 370 small-scale projects, predominantly in poor areas of rural Mongolia.  In Mongolia, the Canada Fund seeks to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged groups and communities, particularly those in rural areas. Day-to-day administration is taken by the Canada Fund Co-ordinator and the Canadian Mission (Canadian Embassy in Mongolia) remains responsible for all Canada Fund projects.