Canada Fund for Local Initiatives: Call for Proposals 2017-2018

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 430 small projects in Mongolia focused on reducing poverty and strengthening good governance.

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

 Empowering women and girls and promoting gender equality;
 Promoting human development, specifically in the areas of health, nutrition, and education;
 Championing human rights, inclusive and accountable governance, democracy, peaceful pluralism, and respect for diversity;
 Supporting inclusive and green economic growth;
 Promoting action on the environment, including water and climate change;

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

Project proposal submission deadline: June 5, 2017, 17:00 local time
Project implementation dates: August 24, 2017 through February 1, 2018
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 by August 1, 2017. 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

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.