On March 21, UNESCO launched the fourth call for funding requests to the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) for 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 to help introduce new cultural policies and cultural industries or to strengthen 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 non-governmental organizations (INGOs), are eligible to apply.
Funding requests must be received by June 30, 2013, at midnight, Paris time.
Please note that in this fourth call, special attention is given to projects fostering capacity building for cultural policies, which is understood as those policies designed to have a direct effect on the creation, production, dissemination, distribution and access to cultural activities, goods, and services.
For more information on this call for funding requests to IFCD and on the Fund itself, please visit the UNESCO website.
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.
Since 2010, the IFCD has provided more than USD 3.5 million in funding for 61 projects in 40 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.