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:

Projects must be implemented and/or benefit only eligible countries (developing countries Parties to the 2005 Convention).
The project implementation period shall be between 12 and 24 months. The projects should start, at the earliest, in March 2019, following the approval of the project by the Intergovernmental Committee in December 2018.

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.
Expenditures for project-related overhead costs are limited to a maximum of 30% of the total project budget.

Application should be completed in either English or French.

Deadline: 16 April 2018, 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 2018, midnight CET.

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