UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD)

The purpose of the IFCD is to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The IFCD supports projects that aim to foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector, primarily by facilitating the introduction of new cultural policies and cultural industries, or strengthening existing ones.

Eligibility
The beneficiaries of the Fund are developing and least-developed countries that are Parties to the Convention. Therefore, those who are eligible to apply to the Fund are:

all developing countries that are Parties to the Convention;
all States Parties to the Convention that have determined the existence of special situations on their territory in conformity with Articles 8 and 17 of the Convention and related operational guidelines;
non-governmental organizations from developing countries that are Parties to the Convention, which meet the definition of civil society as mentioned in theOperational guidelines relating to the role and participation of civil society;
• international non-governmental organizations, which meet the definition of civil society as mentioned in the operational guidelines relating to the role and participation of civil society, and which present projects with impact at the sub-regional, regional or inter-regional level;
representatives of vulnerable groups and other social groups identified in Article 7 of the 2005 Convention (i.e. women and other social groups, including persons belonging to minorities and indigenous peoples) from developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention.

Equitable geographic distribution of the resources of the IFCD is to be ensured to the extent possible.

How to apply
All funding requests are to be sent to the relevant National Commissions for UNESCO or other official channels designated by the States Parties, who will then submit them to the Secretariat of the Convention. INGOs should submit applications directly to the Secretariat of the Convention if their programme/project proposals are supported in writing by the States Parties concerned.

DEADLINES
Applicants are to consult their National Commissions for UNESCO to find out about the deadline for receipt of applications at the national level.

The deadline for National Commissions or INGOS to submit funding applications to the Secretariat of the Convention is 30 June 2011, midnight CET. Funding requests received after this deadline will not be eligible for this funding period.

For more information on the application selection process see http://www.unesco.org/new/en/culture/themes/cultural-diversity/2005-convention/selection-procedure/

For further information, please contact your National Commission for UNESCO. Contact information is available from the following website: http://www.unesco.org/en/national-commissions

Specific inquiries on the application process can be sent to:
IFCD.Convention2005@unesco.org

More information is to be found on:
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/culture/themes/cultural-diversity/2005-convention/international-fund-for-cultural-diversity/