UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity

The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (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 poverty reduction in developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention.

It does this through support to projects that aim to foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector, primarily through activities facilitating the introduction and/or elaboration of policies and strategies that protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions as well as the reinforcement of institutional infrastructures supporting viable cultural industries. The IFCD is notably used to promote South-South and North-South-South cooperation, while contributing to achieving concrete and sustainable results as well as structural impacts, where appropriate, in the cultural field.

Since 2010, the IFCD has provided more than US$ 7 million in funding for nearly 100 projects in over 50 developing countries, covering a wide range of areas, from the development and implementation of cultural policies, to capacity-building of cultural entrepreneurs, mapping of cultural industries and the creation of new cultural industry business models.

Eligible projects

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 human and institutional capacities of public sector and civil society organizations, deemed necessary to support viable local and regional cultural industries and markets in developing countries.

Who can apply

  • 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)
  • International non-governmental organizations (INGOs) registered in countries Parties to the 2005 Convention
Funding amount: Maximum 100,000 USD
Implementation period: Minimum 12 months - maximum 24 months
Languages of submission: English or French

Moreinfo: https://en.unesco.org/creativity/ifcd
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