UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) is open for applications!

The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) is a multi-donor fund, established by the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005) to support its implementation in developing countries.

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.

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.

Since 2010, the IFCD has been providing nearly 7 million USD in funding for close to 100 projects in more than 50 developing countries, covering a wide range of areas. See Projects funded by the IFCD in the past.

U40 EmpoweredWomen entrepreneurs powering the digital creative industries

U40 Empowered is a special call to expand the IFCD’s actions to support young women entrepreneurs in the digital creative industries. This initiative is made possible thanks to the generous contribution of Sabrina Ho, a rising young cultural entrepreneur and philanthropist.

“U40 Empowered” represents a unique opportunity to increase young women’s opportunities to access funding, infrastructure, equipment and co-production opportunities in the digital creative industries. “U40 Empowered” will also support strategies that address the different needs, aspirations, capacities and contributions of women. Through support for such projects, “U40 Empowered” will unlock opportunities for young women entrepreneurs and realise their full potential in the digital creative industries.

“U40 Empowered” supports projects from national and international NGOs from developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention.

Project proposals submitted in the framework of this unique opportunity will be reviewed by an independent Panel of Experts and approved directly by Ms Sabrina Ho.


 

“U40 Empowered: Women Entrepreneurs Powering The Digital Creative Industries” is a UNESCO initiative started in 2018 with the support of Sabrina Ho that expands the actions of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD).

The call supports projects from national and international NGOs that promote young female cultural entrepreneurs in the digital creative industries.

It is designed to increase opportunities for women under 40 to access funding, infrastructure, equipment and co-production opportunities in the digital creative industries. “U40 Empowered” will also support strategies that address the different needs, aspirations, capacities and contributions of women.

Through support for such projects, “U40 Empowered”  will unlock opportunities for young women entrepreneurs and realise their full potential in the digital creative industries.

Please note that project proposals submitted to this call must comply with specific criteria, will be evaluated by an independent Panel of Experts and will be approved directly by Ms Sabrina Ho.

U40 Empowered Requirements ↓

Type of applicant

 

  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from eligible countries(developing countries Parties to the 2005 Convention): Non-governmental organizations that, according to their national regulations, are non-governmental and non-profit and that meet the definition of civil society mentioned in the Operational Guidelines.
  • International non-governmental organizations (INGOs) registered in countries Parties to the 2005 Convention: International non-governmental organizations (INGOs), which meet the definition of civil society mentioned in the Operational Guidelines; and which present projects that have an impact at the sub-regional, regional or inter-regional level.

Note: Public authorities and institutions, individuals, regional integration organizations and/or SMEs will not be eligible for funding.

Beneficiary countries

Projects must be implemented and/or benefit only eligible countries(developing countries Parties to the 2005 Convention).

Note for INGOs:

Applications from INGOs must be implemented in two or more eligible countries and demonstrate that the proposed project has an impact at the sub-regional, regional or inter-regional level.

Implementation period

The project implementation period shall be between 12 and 24 months, with the projects beginning in the date indicated in the Call.

Areas of intervention

 

 

“U40 Empowered” will finance projects that:

  • Develop and/or implement strategies that invest in women as entrepreneurs working in the digital creative industries;
  • Create networks and opportunities to innovate and collaborate for women under 40 working in the digital creative industries;
  • Organise female-led creative mentorship programmes for women under 40 in partnership with digital creative hubs, incubators and clusters;
  • Give visibility to the work and innovations of women entrepreneurs under 40 working in the digital creative industries;
  • Strengthen the digital skills of women under 40 working in the creative industry;
  • Collect and analyse sex-disaggregated data with a view to better understand the underlying causes of gender inequality in the digital creative industries with a view to inform policy making.

Amount requested

The maximum amount that can be requested is 100,000 USD

Budget and Expenditure

Expenditures for project-related overhead costs are limited to a maximum of 30% of the total project budget.

Language

The application and its complementary documents must be in English or French.

 

The deadline for submitting project proposals to both calls is 16 April 2018.

Applications can only be submitted to one call.

Find more info about the conditions and the procedure here.

 

 

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