The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) has launched its 9th call for funding requests. 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. The IFCD invests in projects that lead to structural change through:

  • 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.

Areas of Intervention

The IFCD finances projects that:

  • Pursue cross-sectoral cooperation in cultural policy-making and/or implementation;
  • Strengthen processes and mechanisms for public policy-making and implementation;
  • Support the engagement of NGOs or civil society organizations in policy making and/or implementation.
  • Improve access to markets for cultural goods and services through the introduction of policy, advocacy and promotional mechanisms;
  • Support or facilitate the mobility of artists and cultural professionals from the global South;
  • Support or facilitate the development of innovative models and/or digital solutions for the creation, production, distribution and access to diverse cultural goods and services;
  • Address the identification of capacity gaps or support capacity building activities;
  • Widen participation in the creation, production and distribution of cultural goods and services to previously excluded regions and social groups;
  • Increase women’s representation as creators and producers of cultural expressions through professional networks and capacity development;
  • Facilitate policy measures or funding mechanisms to encourage and improve equitable access to cultural events, goods and services.

Funding amount:

The maximum amount that can be requested 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.

Implementation period:

The project implementation period shall be between 12 and 24 months.
The projects should start, at the earliest, in April 2020, following the approval of the project by the Intergovernmental Committee in February 2020.

Languages of submission:

English or French

Who can apply?

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

How to apply?

Prepare the Application form by:

 Downloading and reviewing the Call for Funding;

 Downloading and reviewing the Annotated Guide;

 Downloading, saving and completing the Project Framework (for Microsoft Excel (2011 or later versions) or similar applications);

 Gathering digital copies of all Complementary Documents that are required for your application.

 Completing your application form by creating an account first, log in, upload the necessary documents and SUBMIT.


All applications must be submitted by June 13th, 2019 (midnight, Paris time) at the latest. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered for the evaluation.

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