Basic Requirements for U40 Empowered

“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.

 

Contact us

UNESCO

Section for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (CLT/CRE/DCE)

7 place Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07 SP - France

email: ifcd.convention2005@unesco.org