Basic Requirements for the IFCD

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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.

IFCD Requirements↓

Type of applicant

  • Public authorities and institutions from eligible countries (developing countries Parties to the 2005 Convention).
  • 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.

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. 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:

  • Pursue cross-sectoral cooperation in cultural policy making and/or implementation;
  • Strengthen processes and mechanisms for public policy-making and implementation;
  • Support the engagement of NGOs or civil society organizations in policy making and/or implementation;
  • Improve access to markets for cultural goods and services through the introduction of policy, advocacy and promotional mechanisms;
  • Support or facilitate the mobility of artists and cultural professionals from the global South;
  • Support or facilitate the development of innovative models and/or digital solutions for the creation, production, distribution and access to diverse cultural goods and services;
  • Address the identification of capacity gaps or support capacity building activities;
  • Widen participation in the creation, production and distribution of cultural goods and services to previously excluded regions and social groups;
  • Increase women’s representation as creators and producers of cultural expressions through professional networks and capacity development;
  • Facilitate policy measures or funding mechanisms to encourage and improve equitable access to cultural events, goods and services.

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.

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.


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


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