Basic Requirements for the IFCD
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.
The following types of projects are NOT eligible for IFCD funding:
- Projects related to the production of cultural and artistic works and events, exclusively.
- Projects related to safeguarding intangible cultural heritage (Please refer to the Fund for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage).
- Projects related to tangible cultural heritage (e.g. World Heritage sites) (Please refer to the World Heritage Fund).
- Projects aimed at offsetting a deficit, repaying a debt or paying interest.
- Projects sustaining ongoing activities with recurring costs.
- Projects financing permanent working spaces and/or equipment, exclusively.
- Projects financing physical construction or the restoration of buildings.
- Projects that focus on art education, including bolstering artistic skills within primary and secondary school environments.
- Projects that focus on cultural tourism.
- Projects that are conceived as scholarships or grants for personal needs.
Before submitting a project proposal to the IFCD, please ensure that you are complying with the requirements below.
Type of applicant
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.
The project implementation period shall be between 12 and 24 months. The projects should start, at the earliest, in March of the year following the approval of the project by the Intergovernmental Committee.
Areas of intervention
The IFCD finances projects that:
Please note, projects that address the different needs, aspirations, capacities and contributions of women and men and those that challenge existing and biased/discriminatory policies, practices and programmes are strongly encouraged. Projects should affect change for the betterment of life for all, as well as to contribute to youth empowerment and North-South-South cooperation.
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.
The application and its complementary documents must be in English or French.
Section for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (CLT/CRE/DCE)
7 place Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07 SP - France