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International Fund for Cultural Diversity

the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) launched its eighth call for funding requests. Since 2010, the IFCD is providing more than 6 million USD in funding for 90 projects in 51 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.

Who can apply
  • 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. Projects submitted by INGO must be implemented in two or more eligible countries.
Basic Requirements for Eligible Funding Requests
  • 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 infrastructures*, including professional capacities and organizational structures, deemed necessary to support viable local and regional cultural industries and markets in developing countries.
The project implementation period shall be between 12 and 24 months.

The maximum amount that can be requested from the IFCD per project is 100,000 USD.

Projects that are approved for funding will receive their allocations in several installments. Beneficiaries normally receive 50% of the total amount approved in the beginning of the project, another 30% mid-way through the project and the remaining 20% once all activities have been completed and the final reports are submitted.

All funding requests shall be submitted in either English or French.

The following types of projects are not eligible for IFCD funding:
  • Projects related to the production of cultural and artistic works and events, exclusively. 
  • Projects related to safeguarding intangible cultural heritage (Please refer to the Fund for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage).
  • Projects related to tangible cultural heritage (e.g. World Heritage sites) (Please refer to the World Heritage Fund).
  • Projects aimed at offsetting a deficit, repaying a debt or paying interest.
  • Projects sustaining ongoing activities with recurring costs.
  • Projects financing permanent working spaces and/or equipment, exclusively.
  • Projects financing physical construction or the restoration of buildings.
  • Projects that focus on art education, including bolstering artistic skills within primary and secondary school environments.
  • Projects that focus on cultural tourism.
  • Projects that are conceived as scholarships or grants for personal needs.
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