Government of Canada

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Apply for Funding

As Canada's lead agency for development assistance, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) aims to manage Canada's support and resources effectively and accountably to achieve meaningful, sustainable results. DFATD, similar to its counterparts in other countries, works with partners based in Canada and around the world to reduce poverty in developing countries.

If your organization is considering making an application to DFATD for supporting a development initiative that would contribute to meeting DFATD's expected results in international development, please review the information and tools linked below before beginning to draft your proposal, specifically the Assessment Criteria.

If you are responding to a Call for Proposals, please be sure to review the eligibility requirements and guidance for applying to that particular call. The application forms posted for calls include requirements specific to each call.

Completing an application package for development initiative funding

Ensure to complete and submit all of the following forms together for DFATD to process your application. If information requirements are missing, DFATD will not assess the proposal. Guidance on how to fill out the application form is included within the form. If you have any difficulty downloading the form, please consult About the Forms.

DFATD updates the application form periodically to reflect changes in policies and regulations governing departmental operations. Please be sure to check this website as you develop your application to ensure that you are using the most up-to-date version. DFATD could reject applications received using previous versions of the form.

The submission to DFATD of an application for funding does not mean that DFATD will undertake a full review of your application. DFATD will consider applications that are consistent with strategic programming directions, complement its existing programming portfolio, and for which specific financial resources are available.

A DFATD program may reject an application for funding because of:

  • ineligibility based on legal restrictions or criteria within a call for proposals
  • an incomplete application package
  • a lack of funding available within the specific program budget
  • expected results, as outlined in the proposal, that are not fully aligned with relevant international development program strategies or Government of Canada commitments
  • elements in the proposal that are assessed as weak

Verifying whether you have included all necessary forms and information in your application

Use the following information to help ensure that your application is complete:

Here are some quick references to help you check whether your initiative will be aligned with DFATD's international development strategies and priorities:

Here are some other references to help you ensure that your application will not duplicate efforts already funded by the former Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and/or DFATD:

Humanitarian assistance

If your initiative focuses on humanitarian assistance rather than development, please review this:

Submitting your proposal

Applications should be submitted directly to the relevant program. In addition to the Programs Index, you can consult the website to see whether DFATD operates an international development program in the place or region in which you are interested.

If you are not sure where to direct your application, you can send it to DFATD by email at or by mail at:

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
200 Promenade du Portage
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0G4

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