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UNESCO 2021 International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD)

From 17 March to 16 June 2021, UNESCO will receive applications to the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD). Established under the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the IFCD is a voluntary multi-donor fund which supports the emergence of dynamic cultural sectors in developing countries. 

This year, the IFCD joins the celebration of the International Year of the Creative Economy for Sustainable Development by calling for projects that aim to make strong contributions to the creative economy in developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention. 

Public institutions, and non-governmental organizations (NGO) from eligible countries are invited to submit their proposals, as well as international NGOs registered in countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention. The projects must clearly lead to structural changes through: 

  1. Introduction and/or elaboration of policies and strategies that have a direct and structural impact on the creation, production, distribution of and access to a diversity of cultural goods and services;
  2. Reinforcement of skills in public sector and civil society organizations to support viable local and regional cultural industries and markets in developing countries.

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About United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) based in Paris. Its declared purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through educational, scientific, and cultural reforms in order to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedom proclaimed in the United Nations Charter. It is the successor of the League of Nations' International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation. UNESCO has 193 member states and 11 ass... read more


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UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity


Aim and Benefits of UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity

  1. Funding amount: Maximum 100,000 USD
  2. Implementation period: Minimum 12 months – maximum 24 months

Requirements for UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity Qualification

  1. Public authorities and institutions from eligible countries (developing countries, Parties to the 2005 Convention).
  2. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from eligible countries (developing countries, Parties to the 2005 Convention)
  3. International non-governmental organizations (INGOs) registered in countries Parties to the 2005 Convention

Eligible Project: The IFCD invests in projects that lead to structural change through:

  1. 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;
  2. the reinforcement of human and institutional capacities of public sector and civil society organizations, deemed necessary to support viable local and regional cultural industries and markets in developing countries.

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Application Deadline

June 16, 2021


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on en.unesco.org to apply

For more details, visit UNESCO website



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