International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD)
The purpose of the IFCD is to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The IFCD supports projects that aim to foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector, primarily by facilitating the introduction of new cultural policies and cultural industries, or strengthening existing ones.
The beneficiaries of the Fund are developing, economies in transition and least-developed countries that are Parties to the Convention. Therefore, those who are eligible to apply to the Fund are:
- all developing countries that are Parties to the Convention;
- non-governmental organisations from developing countries that are Parties to the Convention, which meet the definition of civil society as mentioned in the Operational guidelines relating to the role and participation of civil society;
- international non-governmental organisations, which meet the definition of civil society 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;
- micro, small and medium enterprises of the private sector active in the cultural field of developing countries that are Parties to the Convention, to the limit of available funds from contributions provided by the private sector, in full conformity with the domestic laws of the Parties concerned.
So far, the IFCD has not received any contributions from the private sector and therefore SMEs cannot yet apply to the IFCD.
How to apply
All funding requests are to be sent to the relevant National Commissions for UNESCO or other official channels designated by the States Parties, who will then submit them to the Secretariat of the Convention. INGOs should submit applications directly to the Secretariat of the Convention if their programme/project proposals are supported in writing by the States Parties concerned.
Maximum amount that can be requested from the IFCD is $100,000 for programmes/projects.
Application should be completed in either English or French and that all projects shall begin in March 2018 at the earliest.
Deadline: 21 April 2017, midnight CET.
Applications from public authorities/institutions and local NGOs will undergo a pre-selection process conducted by National Commissions for UNESCO by 15 May 2017, midnight CET.
Find out more: http://en.unesco.org/creativity/node/11362