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 Different Fields , in Social Science
  • France, France
  • Apply Before : June 14, 2024

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 13447
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Fields of study Development
  • 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 2024 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.

About the IFCD

The IFCD is a multi-donor fund created under the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Promotion and Protection of Cultural Expression 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 US$11.5 million through IFCD in more than 152 projects in 71 developing countries. These initiatives have contributed to developing and implementing cultural policies and 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: 14 June 2024 (12:00PM, Paris time)

Project Launch Date: From April 2025

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, including Afghanistan

Amount of UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity

Applicants can request a maximum of US$ 100,000, which is payable in three installments 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 the 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.

Eligible Sector

The seven eligible sectors have transversal (cultural policies or strategies, copyright, etc.)
Or sectoral focus:

  • Audio-visual/ Cinema
  • Design
  • Media Arts
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Publishing
  • Visual arts

Type of Eligible Projects

Projects by public authorities and institutions must:

    • Develop decision-making tools, mappings, and sustainable statistical systems.
    • Strengthen public cultural agencies and civil servant expertise.
    • Establish financing and market development mechanisms for cultural goods.
    • Implement international cooperation agreements for cultural exchange.
    • Enhance educational institutes in cultural and creative sectors.
    • Promote cultural industries in the digital environment.
    • Encourage participation in cultural life, especially among vulnerable groups.
    • Promote gender equality in cultural and creative sectors.

Projects by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) must:

    • Strengthen civil society capacities in policy participation and networking.
    • Inform policy-making and evaluate cultural policy impacts.
    • Enhance educational institutes in cultural and creative sectors.
    • Create financing opportunities and access to markets for cultural goods.
    • Promote cultural industries in the digital environment.
    • Encourage participation in cultural life, especially among vulnerable groups.
    • Promote gender equality in the cultural and creative sectors.

Ineligible Projects

These types of projects are not eligible for the 2024 IFCD Fund:

  • Projects exclusively producing cultural and artistic works/events
  • Projects for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage
  • Projects related to tangible cultural heritage/World Heritage sites
  • Projects offsetting deficits, repaying debts, or paying interest
  • Projects solely funding permanent working spaces/equipment
  • Scholarships/grants for personal needs
  • Financing physical construction/restoration of buildings
  • Focus on primary/secondary school environments
  • Sustaining ongoing activities with recurring costs
  • Focus on cultural tourism

Eligible Countries

Following is the list of eligible countries that are eligible to apply for the 2024 IFCD Fund:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, North Macedonia, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, State of Palestine, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Türkiye, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Required Documents

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

  • Online Application Form
  • Project Framework
  • Parties: An official document proving that the organization is a public or governmental authority/institution from a developing country Party to the 2005 Convention.
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs): Official document proving that the entity/organization is non-governmental and non-profit according to the national regulations of a developing country Party to the 2005 Convention.
  • International non-governmental organizations (INGOs):
    • Letter of support from governmental authorities or public institutions from each beneficiary country.
    • Official document demonstrating legal status as an International NGO.
    • An official document showing a list of members and their countries of residence.
    • Official documents proving recent activities have been carried out in multiple countries worldwide.
  • Pro forma invoice: Required if “equipment and supplies” are in the Budget; otherwise, expenses may be excluded from funding.
  • Letters of support: Attach letters indicating implementing partners’ contributions.

Note: All documents must be in English or French; translated documents are accepted if the original language is neither.

Selection Process and Criteria

Following is the highlight of the UNESCO IFCD selection process:

Selection Procedure:

Step 1: National Commissions Pre-selection

  • National Commissions form a pre-selection panel.
  • Panel reviews applications for relevance, feasibility, and stakeholder consultation.
  • Online pre-selection of a maximum of four funding requests by 29 July 2024, midnight, Paris time.

Step 2: UNESCO Secretariat Technical Assessment

  • Upon receiving pre-selected applications, the UNESCO Secretariat performs a technical assessment.
  • Ensures completeness and alignment with IFCD’s intervention areas.
  • Review applications from international NGOs separately.

Step 3: Evaluation by International Panel of Experts

  • Eligible applications are evaluated by UNESCO’s six regional International Panel of Experts.
  • Each application was reviewed by two-panel members against IFCD evaluation criteria.
  • Results were published on the IFCD website in January 2025.

Step 4: Final Recommendations

  • International Panel of Experts’ recommendations were communicated to the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2005 Convention.
  • The final decision on funding projects was made during the 18th ordinary session at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 11 to 14 February 2025.

Step 5: Approval and Contract Elaboration

  • UNESCO Secretariat informs beneficiaries of application approval.
  • Steps for project contract elaboration communicated to approved applicants.
Selection Criteria:

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

  • The project aligns with the objectives of the 2005 Convention and the IFCD.
  • Aim for concrete, measurable, and sustainable outcomes.
  • Addresses state-specific needs and priorities, ensuring feasibility and relevance.
  • Aims for a significant impact on the cultural sector’s development.
  • Encourages cooperation between South-South and North-South-South partners, focusing on UNESCO priorities.
  • Focuses on long-term benefits and sustainability.
  • Demonstrates financial accountability.
  • Evaluates key personnel skills and stakeholder involvement.
  • Ensures overhead costs stay below 30% of the total budget.
  • Prioritizes funds for project activities.
  • It avoids spreading resources thinly and supports consistent activities.
  • Encourages additional financial assistance for broader engagement and project sustainability.

How to Apply?

To apply for the UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity 2024, applicants should follow these guidelines:

  • Apply before the above deadline, as applications submitted after the deadline won’t be considered.
  • Prepare the application materials.
  • Review the “Call for Funding” document for further details.
  • Register to create your account using the link below.
  • Access your account using the provided guide and download the “Project Framework.”
  • Study the “Annotated Guide” thoroughly.
  • Collect necessary supplementary documents.
  • Complete the “Project Framework” document.
  • Fill out the online application form.
  • Upload the completed “Project Framework” and supplementary documents.
  • Date, sign, select, and submit your 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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