Application Deadline: 14 April 2017, midnight CET
The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) has launched its eighth call for funding requests. Since 2010, the IFCD is providing more than 6 million USD in funding for 90 projects in 51 developing countries, covering a wide range of areas. Public authorities/institutions and NGOs from developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention, as well as international NGOs are all eligible to apply.
The beneficiaries of the IFCD are the following:
- Parties (public authority/institution) to the 2005 Convention from developing countries;
- Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) coming from developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention, which meet the definition of civil society* and criteria regulating admission of its representatives at meetings of organs of the Convention as mentioned in the Operational Guidelines relating to the role and participation of civil society;
- International non-governmental organizations (INGOs), which meet the definition of civil society* and criteria regulating admission of its representatives at meetings of organs of the 2005 Convention 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. Projects submitted by INGO must be implemented in two or more eligible countries.
Step 1: National Commissions shall disseminate the call for funding requests through their networks and communicate the relevant information regarding the IFCD application process, as well as the deadline for submissions (14 April 2017, midnight CET).
Step 2: Applicants shall develop and submit their applications and all supporting documents using the IFCD online Application Form by 14 April 2017, midnight CET.
- National Commissions shall form a pre-selection panel made up of, in particular, Ministries of Culture and/or other Ministries responsible for the cultural industries, and members of civil society organizations specializing in the field of culture to undertake a first review ensuring that applications are relevant, meet the country’s needs and priorities, are deemed to be feasible, and have been subject to consultation among stakeholders. This panel shall then perform an online pre-selection of a maximum of four funding requests (two maximum from public authorities/institutions and two maximum from NGOs) by 15 May 2017, midnight CET.
- International NGOs (INGOs) are not subject to the pre-selection procedure undertaken by the National Commissions. Each INGO may present a maximum of two applications using the IFCD online Application Form by 14 April 2017 (midnight CET). The applications will be directly considered for technical assessment by the UNESCO Secretariat, which will verify if the applications are complete, fall within the areas of intervention of the IFCD, and are therefore eligible.
Step 4: Upon receiving the pre-selected applications from the National Commissions by 15 May 2017 (midnight CET), the UNESCO Secretariat will perform a technical assessment to ensure that the applications are complete, fall within the areas of intervention of the IFCD, and are therefore eligible.
Step 5: All eligible funding requests will be evaluated by an international panel of experts from UNESCO’s five regions. Each application will be reviewed by two members of the Panel of Experts, based on the evaluation criteria established for the IFCD.
The results of the technical assessment and the IFCD Panel of Experts’ evaluation will be published in November 2017 on the ‘Results’ page of the IFCD website.
Step 6: Final recommendations of the Panel of Experts will be communicated to the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2005 Convention, which will make the final decision on those applications to receive funding from the IFCD during its 11th ordinary session at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 13 to 15 December 2017.
* Only one project can be retained by the Committee per beneficiary (Party, NGO, INGO).
Step 7: The UNESCO Secretariat shall inform the beneficiaries of the approved projects. Project implementation shall start from March 2018.
- All applicants are to submit their applications by 14 April 2017, midnight CET using the IFCD online Application Form.
- Applications from public authorities/institutions and local NGOs will undergo a pre-selection process conducted by National Commissions for UNESCO by 15 May 2017, midnight CET.
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