On March 14, 2012, UNESCO launched its third call for funding requests to the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) for programs/projects and preparatory assistance requests that aim to foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector at the national and/or local level, primarily through activities facilitating the introduction of new cultural policies and cultural industries, or strengthening existing ones.
Government authorities and NGOs from developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, as well as international NGOs (INGOs), are eligible to apply.
Currently, the IFCD is providing close to USD 3 million in funding for 48 projects in 35 developing countries. The projects cover 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.
The IFCD is a multi-donor fund established under Article 18 of the 2005 Convention. Its purpose is to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing and least-developed countries that are Parties to the Convention.
The deadline for the Secretariat of the 2005 Convention to receive funding applications from national commissions or INGOs is June 30, 2012, at midnight (Paris time).
For more information on the IFCD application process, please refer to the UNESCO website.