Call for applications: International Fund for the Promotion of Culture

Are you an artist or creator, an NGO or non-profit body whose activities contribute to the promotion of culture and artistic creation?

The UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. Photo: www.mladiinfo.eu
The UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. Photo: www.mladiinfo.eu

If you are and your project is compliant with the criteria below, you can apply now to be considered for financial support from the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC), an initiative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Only a limited number of projects will be approved for funding. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2016 at noon CEST (Paris time).

Who can apply?

The call is open to:

  • individuals, particularly artists and creators;
  • public bodies with specific responsibility for the promotion of culture and artistic creation;
  • NGOs and non-profit private bodies whose objectives conform with those of the Fund and whose activities contribute to the promotion of culture and artistic creation.

Eligible activities must fall under the following two categories: 

  • (a) the production of cultural and artistic works;
  • (b) the organization of cultural and artistic events of national, regional and/or international scope contributing to the establishment of culture and development strategies and programmes.

As stipulated in the IFPC Operational Guidelines, IFPC assistance measures shall be allocated subject to availability of resources and taking into account the projects’ compliance with all of the following criteria:

  • the amount of assistance required is between US$20 000 and US$100 000 and covers no more than 80% of the total project budget;
  • another source of funding, whether financial or in kind, has been identified and confirmed, covering at least 20% of the total estimated budget;
  • the project’s activities fall under one of the two eligible categories;
  • the amount of assistance requested is appropriate for the project’s implementation;
  • the proposed activities have a solid monitoring plan;
  • the project may have institutional, and/or socio-economic results;
  • the project may have a multiplier effect, inspiring the implementation of other measures, activities and projects;
  • the activities proposed to be funded under the IFPC have an implementation calendar of a maximum of 12 months.

Priority will be given to projects submitted by young creators aged 18 to 30 years and those that are aimed at benefitting the youth, contributing to gender equality, promoting forms of expression that are relatively under-represented on the global arts scene,  and/or promoting peace, social stability and cultural diversity.

How to apply

You must create an account on the online platform in order to start your online application. Once your account has been created, you can access your online application form.

Applicants are advised to use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome navigators in filling out the online application. While filling the online application form, you may use the 'save' button at the end of the application form to save your work before submitting your project proposal.

All applications must be completed in English or French.

Please note that only one application per applicant/project holder will be considered.

Once your application has been submitted, you will not be able to make any further changes. Final selection will be made in February 2017. Successful candidates only will be notified no later than two weeks following the date of the selection.

Due to the large number of applications, there may be technical issues during the hours close to the deadline. Applicants are therefore advised to submit project proposals well in advance of the deadline of 31 May. Applications that are not received within the deadline (for technical or any other reasons) will not be accepted. Unsigned and/or incomplete applications will also not be accepted.

For more information visit the IFPC page on the UNESCO website (particularly the frequently asked questions) or email infoifpc@unesco.org.

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