UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD)-Call for Applications for 100,000 USD Fund

Call for Proposal Grant / Award in Art and Humanities , in Business and Law , in Culture , in Social Science
  • France, France
  • Apply Before : May 16, 2023

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 13447
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Opportunity Type : Partially Funded
  • Duration 12 to 24 months
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction EnglishFrench
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity 2023 accepts applications through an open and competitive process. Projects that can generate concrete results towards developing creative sectors in developing countries are eligible for IFCD. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), public institutions from eligible countries, and international NGOs registered in countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention can submit proposals. Remarkably, the project proposals should contribute to the following:

  • The implementation and elaboration of strategies and policies that have a straight, structural impact on the production, creation, distribution, and access to a diversity of cultural goods and services
  • The capacities strengthening in civil society organizations and public institutions to support viable local cultural industries and markets.

The IFCD is a multi-donor fund created under the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Promotion and Protection of Cultural Expressions Diversity to assist developing countries in implementing the Convention. The goal is to boost the expansion of active cultural sectors in underdeveloped nations.

Since 2010, UNESCO has invested in more than 140 projects in 69 developing countries with a total of US$ 10 million through IFCD. These initiatives have contributed to developing and implementing cultural policies, cultural entrepreneurship, strengthening professional training, supporting access to new markets, and participating and including vulnerable groups in cultural life.

Brief Details of the Call

Application Status: Open

Application Deadline: 16 May 2023 (Noon Paris time)

Project Launch Date: From April 2024

Proposal Submission Language: English or French

Project Implementation Period: 12 to 24 Months

Maximum Prize Amount: 100,000 USD

Eligible Countries: OECD Fund Receiving Countries

Amount of UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity

Applicants can request a maximum of US$ 100,000 which is payable in three instalments as follows:

  • Beginning of the project: 50%
  • Mid-way through the project: 30 %
  • Completion of the project: 20%

Eligibilities and Requirements

Applicants or candidates who meet the following requirements can apply for UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity:

Project Eligibilities:

  • The project should focus on introducing or elaborating strategies and policies that directly impact the building, production, distribution, and access to cultural diversity, such as artistic expressions, cultural goods, services, and activities.
  • Must positively impact empowering the human and institutions of public sectors, civil society, and non-governmental organizations in developing countries.

Required Documents for UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity

Application supporting documents are different for each party and organization as follows. Please review the documentation page for details:

  • Online application form
  • Official document of the organization that shows the organization is public or governmental in a developing country.
  • Documents that show the organization is non-governmental and non-profit is a party to the 2005 convention.
  • Official documents that show the type of international organizations.

Note: All application documents should be in English or French.

Selection Criteria

The IFCD team will evaluate applications for funding requests against the following criteria:

  • Does the project address the objectives, priorities, and intervention areas of IFCD and the 2005 Convention?
  • Meets the priorities and needs of the State where the applicant will implement the project, and the project is feasible and relevant.
  • Contributes to achieving measurable, concrete, realistic, and sustainable results.
  • Has a solid structural impact leading to the development of a dynamic cultural sector?
  • Promotes North-South-South and South-South cooperation.
  • Ensures that the project’s long-term benefits are achievable and promotes the sustainability of the project.
  • Satisfies the principle of financial accountability.
  • Competences and skills of critical people who implement the proposed activities and the involvement of stakeholders in the project design and implementation.

An International Experts Panel will evaluate the capacity of the applicant for implementing the work plan and manage the budget, and ensuring that:

  • Extra costs do not exceed 30% of the total budget.
  • The requested funds are principally for project activities.
  • Resources are not spread too thinly and do not support sporadic activities.

How to Apply?

To apply for the UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity 2023, applicants should follow these guidelines:

  • Create an account at the official UNESCO application portal.
  • Fill out the online Application Form
  • Upload the Project Framework and Supporting Documents
  • Date, sign, and click ‘SUBMIT’ to finalize the application.


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Read the complete details on the IFCD Call or visit the UNESCO Website for more information. Applicants can also contact the 2005 Convention UNESCO Secretariat at: convention2005.ifcd@unesco.org for any questions.


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