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CMX Quarterly Bulletin

Funding for International Development Projects

DFATD, like its counterparts in other countries, works with partners based in Canada and around the world to reduce poverty in developing countries. DFATD continues to make Canadian aid more efficient, effective, transparent and accountable.

How to apply to DFATD for support of a development initiative

If you are contemplating submitting a proposal to obtain funding for international development projects, please review the steps to Apply for Funding and use the standardized application form.

If you represent an organization working to reduce poverty in developing countries and are planning a project or initiative whose objectives correspond to Canada’s international development priority themes and to its work in a particular region and country, you can:

  • Consult current Calls for Proposals for initiatives.
    • Calls for Proposals always include a specific application form posted for submissions. Please use the appropriate form when responding to a call, following the included guidelines.
    • Please note that some Calls for Proposals are only open to Canadian organizations.
  • Submit an unsolicited proposal to implement a project in a country eligible for development assistance from Canada. To be considered, proposals must meet eligibility and other funding criteria as defined in the application form. For example:
    • Development must be the main objective
    • The proposal must conform with Canada’s international development priorities established for a region or country
    • No profit can be associated with the agreement

In all circumstances, DFATD will review your application using its published Assessment Criteria. Make sure your application responds fully to all of the criteria and includes all of the elements.

When a natural disaster or a crisis occurs in a developing country, non-governmental organizations with experience in responding to emergency situations may submit a proposal to the International Humanitarian Assistance Program to offer short-term assistance to those affected.

Contact us


1-800-267-8376 (toll-free in Canada)
613-944-4000 (in the National Capital Region and outside Canada)

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, or you have a speech impediment and use a text telephone, you can access the TTY service from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time by calling 613-944-9136 (in Canada only).

Facsimile: 613-996-9709

In order to simplify this process, Canadian organizations that work with DFATD, or would like to do so, may register on the Partners@International portal, which aims to simplify operational procedures between DFATD and its partners. Registered partners will enjoy a speedier and more efficient way to communicate with DFATD and process funding proposals.

For more information, send an email to

Other sources of funding for your projects

Other Government of Canada departments or agencies manage portions of the international assistance envelope—especially for peace and security.

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, also administered by DFATD, aims to support small projects put forward and implemented by local organizations in developing countries. If you are based in a developing country and would like to obtain information in this regard, consult the Canadian representatives abroad page for the appropriate Government of Canada diplomatic or consular mission to contact.

Researchers and students pursuing international development research work at a university in Canada or in a developing country may apply for funding from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

How to compete for contracts

Requests for Proposals are posted on, the Government of Canada’s electronic tendering service. If your organization or business is interested in competing to become an executing agency or a consultant for a Government of Canada-funded international development initiative, please:

  • Review current Requests for Proposals published on and submit a proposal if you represent a supplier.
  • Consult Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) methods of supply which are also used by DFATD to contract consultants.
  • Register through Devex if you are an international development service provider and wish to compete for funded international development contracts.

Increasing aid effectiveness

In 2008, Canada committed to fully untying the goods and services delivered through Canadian aid programs by 2012-2013. In accordance with this policy, Requests for Proposals are now open to non-Canadian organizations, with the exception of some specific technical assistance projects.

The Aboriginal Procurement Strategy is a Government of Canada initiative that promotes Aboriginal business development in Canada. To learn more about this initiative, please consult DFATD’s Aboriginal Procurement portal.

Other markets for your goods and services

Canadian suppliers, as well as suppliers from other countries, may submit proposals in response to international requests for proposals launched by several types of organizations, such as:

Business conduct and non-discrimination

Canada recognizes that achieving lasting, sustainable development results depends on efficient and effective democratic governance, which is why governance is a cross-cutting theme in all of its international development policies and programs. As a result of these efforts, Canada seeks to build more capable, responsive and accountable governance institutions and processes in its international development work, in a manner that reflects Canadian values of freedom, democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law, and ensures the effectiveness of Canada’s international assistance.

To work with DFATD, partners need to take account Canada’s democratic governance objectives:

  1. Accountability and Transparency- Public institutions that ensure that stakeholders have access to information on how decisions are made and resources are allocated
  2. Participation and Inclusion- Citizen participation and ownership in development processes to sustain social and economic progress, ensuring benefits are shared without any exclusion or discrimination based on age, gender, disability, social status, ethnicity or other social factors or customary practices
  3. Access to Services – Equal access to effective and responsive public services and productive resources

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