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UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity, 2021 (Up to $100,000)

Deadline: 16th June, 2021

The UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) is the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions’ fund. The overall goal of the IFCD is to support the implementation of the 2005 Convention and the emergence of dynamic cultural sectors in developing countries, by strengthening the means to create, produce, distribute and access diverse cultural goods and services.

In pursuit of this overall goal, the IFCD invests in projects that will lead to four specific outcomes over the medium-term:

1) A sustainable system of governance for culture that promotes the diversity of cultural expressions is created through targeting structural change;

2) A more balanced North-South and South-South flow of cultural goods and services; and increased international mobility of artists and cultural professionals from the global South, are demonstrated;

3) The value and opportunities that cultural and creative industries contribute to sustainable development are clearly demonstrated to relevant authorities involved in national development planning;

4) Gender inequalities in cultural life are addressed and more equitable access to and participation in cultural and creative industries are demonstrated.

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Since 2010, the UNESCO IFCD has invested $8.7 million through 120 projects in 60 developing countries. These diverse initiatives have assisted the emergence of sustainable systems of cultural governance, notably by creating an enabling environment for cultural entrepreneurs, access to new markets for cultural goods and services, and accessibility to diverse cultural expressions. In 2021, as the creative sector faces an unprecedented challenge caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the IFCD reaffirms its commitment to continue investing in culture and creativity as drivers of sustainable development.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Public institutions
  • Non-Governmental Organisations
  • International NGOs

The projects must clearly lead to structural changes through: 

  • 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;
  • Reinforcement of skills in public sector and civil society organizations to support viable local and regional cultural industries and markets in developing countries.

How To Apply

If you want to apply, download the following documents:

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For more information on the International Fund for Cultural Diversity, visit IFCD.

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