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International Funds Supporting Culture

The UNESCO Culture Sector, through its Conventions and programmes, maintains several international funds which aim to promote culture, protect heritage and foster creativity in a variety of ways.  Each fund has a distinct scope of application and regime for making contributions or submitting requests for support.  The activities financed generate positive changes for local communities and developing countries, and contribute to sustainable development that is both social and economic.  UNESCO appreciates the generous contributions, whether they are of obligatory or voluntary nature, to these funds made by governments, individuals and the public and private sectors.  Keep your contributions coming!



The IFPC aims to give greater prominence to culture in the development of individuals and societies, strengthen international cultural cooperation and provide assistance for artistic creation and cultural activities.


2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions


The IFCD supports activities decided on by the Intergovernmental Committee that aim to foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector in developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention.


2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage


The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage grants assistance from the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund for activities aimed at safeguarding intangible cultural heritage as defined in the 2003 Convention.



 1972 Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage


The World Heritage Fund supports activities decided by the World Heritage Committee related to international assistance, state of conservation and nominations, helping States Parties to the 1972 Convention protect World Cultural or Natural Heritage.  



This Funds aim to support Member States and States parties of the 1970 Convention in their efforts to pursue the return or restitution of cultural property and effectively fight illicit traffic in cultural property.


1954 Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict


The Fund provides financial assistance for preparatory measures to be taken in peacetime, as well as measures to protect cultural property during periods of armed conflict, as decided by the Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.



This multi-donor fund enables UNESCO to assist its Member States in protecting heritage in emergency situations, disasters and conflicts.