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Grants awarded by The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD)

March 10, 2016.

    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 (en.unesco.org/creativity/file/6249).
    Public authorities/institutions and NGOs from developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention (including Ukraine), as well as INGOs.
    The IFCD supports projects that are consistent with the main objective of the IFCD and cover the following areas of intervention that lead to structural change:
    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 corresponding institutional infrastructures*, including professional capacities and organizational structures, deemed necessary to support viable local and regional cultural industries and markets in developing countries.
    All projects related to tangible and/or intangible cultural heritage are NOT eligible and will be rejected during a technical assessment by the UNESCO Secretariat. Such applications can be made to the World Heritage Fund or to the Fund for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
    Projects that deal solely with the production of cultural and artistic works and events are NOT eligible and can be directed to the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture.
    Other ineligible areas of intervention for funding requests are those that:
    aim to offset a deficit, repay a debt or pay interest; or
    sustain ongoing activities with recurring costs; or
    concern physical construction/restoration.
    The project implementation period shall be between 12 and 24 months.The maximum amount that can be requested from the IFCD per project is US$100,000.
    Projects that are approved for funding will receive their allocations in several installments. Beneficiaries normally receive 50% of the total amount approved in the beginning of the project, another 30% mid-way through the project and the remaining 20% once all activities have been completed and the final reports are submitted.
    Application Process
    1. Create your account for the On-line Application Platform.
    2. Once you receive your login and password by email, log in to the on-line application platform and start developing your application. You may log in and log out from the On-line Application Platform several times. Please save your application each time, before logging out.
    3. Consult the IFCD Annotated Guide to help you prepare a successful application.
    4. Don’t forget to attach the following required documents in the “Project documents” section according to the different type of applicant:
    For Parties and Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
    Official document demonstrating that your organization is a public authority/institution or an NGO from a developing country that is a Party to the UNESCO 2005 Convention, with a translation of this document into English or French if necessary;
    For International non-governmental organizations (INGOs)
    i. Applications by INGOs must demonstrate a sub-regional, regional or inter-regional impact through letters of support from governmental authorities from each of the beneficiary countries in the targeted sub-region/region(s) that ensure the project is relevant and meets the beneficiary’s needs and priorities;
    * In the context of the IFCD funding process, regional refers to a group or cluster of countries, not a territory within a single country.
    The INGOs are also required to demonstrate the international character of the organization through the following documents:
    ii. Official document proving your legal status as an international NGO;
    iii. Document demonstrating that membership (both institutional and individual) is international such as a list of members of the organization and the countries of origin;
    iv. Document proving that recent activities have been carried out in several countries around the world.
    All these documents should be accompanied with a translation into English or French if necessary.
    5. Read and accept the terms of condition by clicking on the boxes in the “Submit proposal” section.
    6. As the last step, sign and submit the application.
    * Once you click on the Submit button, you will not be able to come back to your application to make any further changes.
    The deadline to submit applications on the IFCD On-line Application Platform is 15 April 2016, midnight CET. Applications received after this deadline will not be eligible for this funding period.
    Please note that the application should be completed in either English or French and that all projects shall begin in March 2017 at the earliest.
    Should you experience technical issues with the form, please send an email to: support-creativity@unesco.org
    More details find here: http://en.unesco.org/creativity/ifcd/apply
    The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD)

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