Basic requirements for eligible funding requests

The IFCD supports projects that are consistent with the main objective of the IFCD and cover the following areas of intervention that lead to structural change:

  • 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.

All projects related to tangible and/or intangible cultural heritage are NOT eligible and will be rejected during a technical assessment by the UNESCO Secretariat. Such applications can be made to the World Heritage Fund or to the Fund for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Projects that deal solely with the production of cultural and artistic works and events are NOT eligible and can be directed to the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture.

 Other ineligible areas of intervention for funding requests are those that:

  • aim to offset a deficit, repay a debt or pay interest; or
  • sustain ongoing activities with recurring costs; or
  • concern physical construction/restoration.

The project implementation period shall be between 12 and 24 months.

The maximum amount that can be requested from the IFCD per project is US$100,000.
Projects that are approved for funding will receive their allocations in several installments. Beneficiaries normally receive 50% of the total amount approved in the beginning of the project, another 30% mid-way through the project and the remaining 20% once all activities have been completed and the final reports are submitted.


* the term ‘institutional infrastructure’ should be understood as any public, collective and professional organizational structures (excluding working space and equipment, physical construction or restoration of buildings), capacities as well as legislative (legal) and administrative provisions deemed necessary for the implementation of policies.

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