UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD)

UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD)

Deadline: April 15, 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.

It does this through support to projects that aim to foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector, primarily through activities facilitating the introduction and/or elaboration of policies and strategies that protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions as well as the reinforcement of institutional infrastructures supporting viable cultural industries.


  • 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.


  • Open to Public authorities/institutions and NGOs from developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention, as well as international NGOs.

Application Process

  • Create your account for the Online Application Platform.
  • Log in and start developing your application.
  • Consult the IFCD Annotated Guide to help you prepare a successful application.
  • 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.
  • 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):
    • 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:
      • Official document proving your legal status as an international NGO;
      • Document demonstrating that membership (both institutional and individual) is international such as a list of members of the organization and the countries of origin;
      • Document proving that recent activities have been carried out in several countries around the world.

Should you experience technical issues with the form, please send an email to: [email protected]

For more information, visit International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD).