Apply for funding for your unsolicited proposal

There are two ways to apply for funding for an international development project:

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.

Important note

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

  1. Check to see whether your project idea is in line with Global Affairs Canada’s priorities
  2. Refer to the resources under funding tools to build your application
  3. Prepare your application package
  4. 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:

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

  1. 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

    Please note:

    • 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
  2. Submit a signed Anti-Corruption Declaration
  3. Submit a signed Declaration regarding outstanding debts due to Her Majesty
  4. Include proof of legal status (usually a scanned copy of incorporation paper)
  5. Provide financial statements for the last two fiscal years.

4 - Submit your proposal

If your organization is registered in the Partners@International portal:

If your organization is not registered in Partners@International:

*The time it takes to verify a registration request varies greatly from one country to another.

Upload documents to Partners@International portal

Press the “Submit” button on your proposal in Partners@International after uploading all documents.


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:

Your initiative may not receive funding if:

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