UNESCO $100,000 Fund for Cultural Diversity

Non-governmental organizations are encouraged to apply for funding of up to $100,000. UNESCO Fund for Cultural Diversity supports initiatives that stimulate the cultural and creative industries in developing countries. Grant recipients will have between 12 and 24 months to implement their projects.

Apply for the UNESCO $100,000 Fund

The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) is a multi-donor fund. Its purpose is to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing countries. It does this through support to projects that aim to foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector, primarily through activities that promote the diversity of cultural expressions.

The IFCD is notably used to promote South-South and North-South-South cooperation, while contributing to achieving concrete and sustainable results as well as structural impacts, where appropriate, in the cultural field.


The funding

Since 2010, the IFCD is providing funding for developing countries, covering a wide range of areas, from the development and implementation of cultural policies to capacity-building of cultural entrepreneurs, mapping of cultural industries, and the creation of new cultural industry business models.

The IFCD invests in projects focusing on the creation, production, distribution of, and access to a diversity of cultural expressions, including cultural goods, services and activities. Additionally, projects can reinforce human and institutional capacities of the public sector and civil society organizations.

Organizations should implement their project within 24 months of receiving the funding. The maximum funding for a project is USD 100,000.

The deadline for UNESCO $100,000 Fund for Cultural Diversity is on 16 June 2020.

Main criteria

  • Public authorities and institutions such as NGOs and international NGOs from eligible countries registered in countries Parties to the 2005 Convention are eligible to apply
  • Submissions should include a project framework, complementary documents and be written in English or French

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