Application and Selection procedure for funding requests
- Step 1: National Commissions shall disseminate the call for funding requests through their networks and set a national deadline for submissions, taking into account the submission deadline communicated by the UNESCO Secretariat (15 May 2014, midnight CET).
- Step 2: Applicants shall submit their applications and all supporting documents to their respective National Commission or other official channels designated by the Parties.
- Step 3: National Commissions shall form a pre-selection panel made up of, in particular, Ministries of Culture and/or other Ministries responsible for the cultural industries, and members of civil society organizations specializing in the field of culture to undertake a first review ensuring that applications are relevant, meet the country’s needs and priorities, are deemed to be feasible, and have been subject to consultation among stakeholders. This panel shall then select a maximum of four funding requests (two maximum from public authorities/institutions and two maximum from NGOs) to be submitted to the UNESCO Secretariat.
- Step 4: Upon receiving the pre-selected Application Forms and supporting documents by 15 May 2014, the UNESCO Secretariat will perform a technical assessment to ensure that the applications are complete, fall within the areas of intervention of the IFCD, and are therefore eligible. Following this technical assessment, National Commissions will be informed by the UNESCO Secretariat whether the applications from their country have been retained for evaluation by the Panel of Experts or they have been deemed non-eligible. At this point, National Commissions will inform the applicants about the status of the applications.
Only INGOs shall submit by 15 May 2014 a maximum of two applications with written support from beneficiary countries directly to the UNESCO Secretariat, which will perform a technical assessment to ensure that the applications are complete, fall within the areas of intervention of the IFCD, and are therefore eligible. The UNESCO Secretariat will inform INGO applicants about the status of their applications.
- Step 5: All eligible funding requests will be evaluated by an international panel of experts from UNESCO's six regions. Each application will be reviewed by two members of the Panel of Experts, based on the criteria established for the IFCD.
- Step 6: Final recommendations of the Panel of Experts will be communicated to the Intergovernmental Committee, which will make the final decision on those applications to receive funding from the IFCD during its eighth ordinary session at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 9 to 11 December 2014.
- Step 7: The UNESCO Secretariat shall inform the beneficiaries of the approved projects. Project implementation shall start from March 2015.
Only one project can be retained by the Committee per beneficiary (Party, NGO, INGO).