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Entrepreneurs or organizations interested should apply before May 14 at 17:00 (GMT)
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Published Monday, May 3, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Embassy of Canada is seeking applications for its Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), designed to contribute to development through the financing of small-scale, short-term bi-lateral projects in countries eligible for Official Development Assistance, which are also aligned with the thematic priorities of the Canadian Department of Global Affairs.

The CFLI seeks to support local projects, planned and designed by local non-profit organizations. It also serves to support positive, bi-lateral relations between Canada and Costa Rica.

According to the Embassy, the priority areas of the proposals are:

Empowerment of women and girls, and the promotion of gender equity and equality.

Promotion of human rights, inclusive and responsible governance, democracy and peaceful pluralism and respect for diversity.
Promotion of actions on the environment, including water and climate change, and inclusive and ecological economic growth.

In Costa Rica, the funding is approximately $16,100 for aid in administrative and general costs directly related to the initiative, including consultancy, fees, rents, construction/purchase of infrastructure or facilities, materials, equipment, etc.

It also could finance costs of maintenance, shipping or transportation, including fuel, and rental or rental of vehicles. As well as computers and communication devices, among many other costs directly linked to the project.

Entrepreneurs or organizations interested should apply before May 14 at 17:00 (GMT). Proposals should be submitted electronically in Word format by emailing at

More information about requirements can be reached at the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives site.

This is the second non-refundable fund contest for entrepreneurs or local organizations launched in one week.

Last week, the Rural Development Institute announced the "Motor Rural" program, which provides aid to companies or entrepreneurs in rural areas.

The goal of the program is to help entrepreneurial women living in rural zones of the country continue with their businesses as support during the economic crisis caused by the pandemic.

Women entrepreneurs, in charge of a business or tourist service in rural zones of the country, may participate in a contest to receive a portion of approximately $486,000 in non-reimbursable funds.

Women selling products such as food, textiles, flowers, handicrafts, cultural activities, tourist activities, and more, may compete for the funds.
The institute will give more than $8,000 to 60 chosen women entrepreneurs. The deadline to apply will be May 7. People interested in receiving aid can find the list of requirements on the institute's website under the title of Motor Rural.


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