Apply for funding for your unsolicited proposal
There are two ways to apply for funding for an international development project:
- Apply through a call for proposals
- Submit an unsolicited proposal
Refer to the resources on this page before you begin to develop your unsolicited proposal. Following these instructions will help give you the best chance of obtaining support for your initiative.
As of December 1, 2016, Global Affairs Canada will only accept unsolicited proposals for development funding through the Partners@International portal.
What you need to do to submit an application
- Check to see whether your project idea is in line with Global Affairs Canada’s priorities
- Refer to the resources under funding tools to build your application
- Prepare your application package
- Submit your proposal
A decision about funding your initiative, whether positive or negative, will be communicated once assessment is complete.
1. Check to see whether your project idea is in line with Global Affairs Canada’s priorities
There are many more development needs and requests for support than Global Affairs Canada can fund. Funding is therefore provided only to select initiatives that are in line with the department’s international development priorities.
Your proposal should avoid duplicating efforts from recent projects and its rationale should be evidence-based. Consult the Project Browser for information on projects previously funded by the Government of Canada.
Also, please take the time to:
- Read the application form linked below. To be considered for funding, it must be completed and validated.
- Review the general terms and conditions of the contribution agreement to ensure that your organization understands and has the capacity to respect them should funding be provided.
- Verify the legal status of your organization. Global Affairs Canada can only provide funding to legal entities. For Canadian organizations, your organization must be a legal entity with a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) number.
2. Funding tools
Use the funding tools to help you incorporate best practices into your development initiative and build your application.
Please note the standardized Assessment Criteria against which your application will be assessed.
3. Prepare your application package
- An application form with a validated label
- You must use the application form linked to this page
- Applications submitted using other templates will not be considered
- You must complete and validate your application form before submitting it as part of your application package
If you have technical difficulties downloading or using the application form, please see Questions and answers about applying for funding.
To validate the application form:
- Click on the “Validate” button on the top right hand corner of the first page
- Correct any errors highlighted
- Click on the “Validate” button again—a “Validated” label should now appear on the top of the form. If you edit the form after validating it, you will have to re-validate it
- The validation function is an automated check
- It will not ensure the completeness and accuracy of your application
- Please read over your application carefully before submitting it
- Submit a signed Anti-Corruption Declaration
- Submit a signed Declaration regarding outstanding debts due to Her Majesty
- Include proof of legal status (usually a scanned copy of incorporation paper)
- Provide financial statements for the last two fiscal years.
- Audited financial statements are preferred
- Other financial statements may be accepted such as:
- review engagement
- compilation engagement/Notice to reader
- The reliability of the information in the financial statements (the extent to which an external auditor was involved) may have an impact on the assessed risk of working with your organization
- Financial statements provided must pertain to your organization, not to specific projects you have managed
- Other financial statements may be accepted such as:
4 - Submit your proposal
If your organization is registered in the Partners@International portal:
- log in
- click on Access Proposals
- click on Create New Proposal
- choose the Unsolicited Proposal funding mechanism (it will always appear at the bottom of the list, after any open calls)
If your organization is not registered in Partners@International:
- submit a new registration request through the portal
- keep in mind: it may take more than ten business days* to verify the information you provided
- once registered, complete your organization profile and follow the steps above.
*The time it takes to verify a registration request varies greatly from one country to another.
Upload documents to Partners@International portal
- Be sure to upload all final documents to the Partners@International portal
- Properly identify them so that the portal can recognize that your application package is complete
- The portal will block submission of incomplete application packages
Press the “Submit” button on your proposal in Partners@International after uploading all documents.
- Check that the status of your application has changed from Draft to Submitted.
- You should receive an automated email acknowledging receipt.
You need to submit documents in either English or French, or a combination of the two.
Improve your chances of a successful application
Submitting an application for funding does not guarantee a full review. Applications may be considered for funding if:
- they are in line with strategic programming directions
- they complement an existing programming portfolio
- financial resources are available within the relevant program.
Your initiative may not receive funding if:
- expected results, as outlined in the proposal, are not fully aligned with relevant international development program strategies or Government of Canada commitments
- elements in the proposal are assessed as weak
- your organization is ineligible for funding based on legal restrictions
- you submitted an incomplete application package (missing information, or information not provided in either French or English, which did not allow for a full and positive assessment of the initiative)
- funding is not available within the relevant program budget
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