International Fund for Cultural Diversity

The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) has launched its call for funding requests and its new On-line Application Platform.

Since 2010, the IFCD is providing around USD 5.3 million in funding for 78 projects in 48 developing countries, covering a wide range of areas.

Public authorities/institutions and NGOs from developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention, as well as international NGOs are all eligible to apply.

Key information:

  • All applicants are to submit their applications by 15 April to the IFCD On-line Application Platform.
  • Applications from public authorities/institutions and local NGOs will undergo a pre-selection process conducted by National Commissions for UNESCO by 15 May.

    Who Can Apply to the IFCD?

    The beneficiaries of the IFCD are the following:

  • Parties (public authority/institution) to the 2005 Convention from developing countries;
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) coming from developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention, which meet the definition of civil society and criteria regulating admission of its representatives at meetings of organs of the Convention as mentioned in the Operational Guidelines relating to the role and participation of civil society;
  • International non-governmental organizations (INGOs), which meet the definition of civil society and criteria regulating admission of its representatives at meetings of organs of the 2005 Convention as mentioned in the Operational Guidelines relating to the role and participation of civil society, and which present projects with impact at the sub-regional, regional or inter-regional level.

    On an exceptional basis, to the limit of available funds from contributions provided by the private sector, micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) of the private sector active in the cultural field of developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention are entitled to benefit from the IFCD.

    So far, the IFCD has not received any contributions from the private sector and therefore SMEs cannot yet apply to the IFCD.

    In accordance with the Operational Guidelines on the Use of the Resources of the IFCD, which were approved by the Conference of Parties in June 2013, National Commissions and any other organizations participating in the pre-selection or approval of projects submitted to the UNESCO Secretariat are not eligible for IFCD funding.

    For the purpose of this Convention, civil society means non-governmental organizations, nonprofit organizations, professionals in the culture sector and associated sectors, groups that support the work of artists and cultural communities.

    Criteria identified in the Operational Guidelines on civil society are: civil society have interests and activities in one or more fields covered by the Convention; they have a legal status in compliance with the established rules of the jurisdiction in the country of registration; they are representative of their respective field of activity, or of the respective social or professional groups they represent.

    For more information and application details, see International Fund for Cultural Diversity

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