9th Call for Applications: International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD)


Organisation: International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD)

Apply By:  16/04/2018


The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) has launched its 9th call for funding requests. IFCD is a multi-donor fund established under Article 18 of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Its purpose is to promote sustainable development and povertyreduction in developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention. The IFCD invests in projects that lead to structural change through:

  • the introduction and/or elaboration of policies and strategies that have a direct effect on the creation, production, distribution of and access to a diversity of cultural expressions, including cultural goods, services and activities,
  • the reinforcement of corresponding institutional infrastructures1 , including professional capacities and organizational structures, deemed necessary to support viable local and regional cultural industries and markets in developing countries.

Grant Information

The maximum amount that can be requested is 100,000 USD.

Areas of Intervention

The IFCD finances projects that:

  • Pursue cross-sectoral cooperation in cultural policy making and/or implementation;
  • Strengthen processes and mechanisms for public policy-making and implementation;
  • Support the engagement of NGOs or civil society organizations in policy making and/or implementation;
  • Improve access to markets for cultural goods and services through the introduction of policy, advocacy and promotional mechanisms;
  • Support or facilitate the mobility of artists and cultural professionals from the global South;
  • Support or facilitate the development of innovative models and/or digital solutions for the creation, production, distribution and access to diverse cultural goods and services;
  • Address the identification of capacity gaps or support capacity building activities;
  • Widen participation in the creation, production and distribution of cultural goods and services to previously excluded regions and social groups;
  • Increase women’s representation as creators and producers of cultural expressions through professional networks and capacity development;
  • Facilitate policy measures or funding mechanisms to encourage and improve equitable access to cultural events, goods and services.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Public authorities and institutions from eligible countries (developing countries Parties to the 2005 Convention).
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from eligible countries (developing countries Parties to the 2005 Convention): Non-governmental organizations that, according to their national regulations, are non-governmental and non-profit and that meet the definition of civil society mentioned in the Operational Guidelines.
  • International non-governmental organizations (INGOs) registered in countries Parties to the 2005 Convention: International non-governmental organizations (INGOs), which meet the definition of civil society mentioned in the Operational Guidelines; and which present projects that have an impact in developing countries at the sub-regional, regional or inter-regional level.
  • 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 more information, download this document: https://en.unesco.org/creativity/sites/creativity/files/call_ifcd_en.pdf