Eligible projects and preparatory assistance requests
For the purpose of the IFCD, eligible projects are activities that have been elaborated and are ready to be implemented pending funding approval. The IFCD will support those that are designed to:
- facilitate the introduction of cultural policies that protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions and, where appropriate, strengthen the corresponding institutional infrastructure* or provide capacity-building opportunities ;
- strengthen existing cultural industries;
- foster the emergence of new cultural industries.
The maximum amount that can be requested from the IFCD for projects is US$100,000.
2. Preparatory assistance activities
Preparatory assistance consists of activities that enable project elaboration, but not implementation. It can:
- help to identify the special needs of developing countries that are Parties to the Convention; or
- assist them when preparing their requests for funding.
Preparatory assistance activities may include, for example, engaging in stakeholder consultations, undertaking a mapping exercise, research study and/or situational analysis, and should result in a comprehensive project proposal.
Only Parties are eligible to apply for preparatory assistance, and the maximum amount that can be requested from the IFCD for such assistance is US$10,000.
3. Ineligible activities
Ineligible funding requests are those that:
- aim to offset a deficit, repay a debt or pay interest; or
- relate solely to the production of cultural expressions; or
- concern physical construction/restoration.
Requests for projects related to the production of cultural and artistic works and events can be directed to the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture. Requests for projects related to safeguarding intangible cultural heritage should be made to the Fund for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Requests regarding tangible cultural heritage (e.g. World Heritage sites) should be addressed to the World Heritage Fund.
* the term ‘institutional infrastructure’ should not be interpreted as physical construction or restoration but rather as management, human resources, etc.Back to top