Application and Selection procedure for funding requests
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- Step 1: National Commissions shall disseminate the call for funding requests through their networks and set a national deadline for submissions. Applicants shall submit their applications to their respective National Commission or other official channels designated by the Parties.
- Step 2: National Commissions shall undertake a first review to ensure that applications are relevant, meet the country’s needs and priorities, are deemed to be feasible, and have been subject to consultation among stakeholders. They shall then select a maximum of four funding requests (two maximum from public authorities and two maximum from NGOs) to be submitted to the UNESCO Secretariat, according to their review, using the National Commission for UNESCO Review Form.
- Step 3: Upon receiving the preselected Application Forms, supporting documents and their corresponding National Commission for UNESCO Review Forms, the UNESCO Secretariat will perform a technical examination to ensure that the applications are complete, fall within the field of activity of the IFCD, and are therefore eligible. Following this technical examination, 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 a maximum of two applications with written support from beneficiary countries directly to the UNESCO Secretariat, which will perform a technical examination to ensure that the applications are complete, fall within the field of activity of the IFCD, and are therefore eligible. The UNESCO Secretariat will inform INGOs applicants about the status of their applications.
- Step 4: All eligible funding requests will be evaluated by an international panel of six experts from all regions, appointed by the Intergovernmental Committee in December 2009. Each application will be reviewed by two members of the Panel of Experts, based on the criteria established for the IFCD.
- Step 5: 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 ordinary session at the end of 2013.
As decided by the Intergovernmental Committee at its fourth ordinary session in December 2010, only one project can be retained by the Committee per beneficiary (Party, NGO, INGO).