The United Nation’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has issued its fourth appeal for countries to send funding requests to the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD).

Applicant’s requests should demonstrate that their activities aim to foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector at the national and/or local level, primarily through the introduction of new cultural policies and industries, or strengthening existing ones.

According to UNESCO, countries are allowed to submit four funding requests of which two should come from the State and two from non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

UNESCO has advised that detailed information on the IFCD and the application forms are available on the IFCD’s website at:

Funding requests should be submitted in digital form and in hard copy to: and The Barbados National Commission for UNESCO, Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, The Elsie Payne Complex, Constitution Road, St. Michael no later than Monday, June 3.

The original signed documents should be presented on letter-size or A4 paper preferably in loose-leaf format.

The Fund is 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.??

Eligible programmes and projects for funding are activities that have been outlined in detail and are ready to be implemented. The IFCD will support initiatives that will facilitate the introduction of cultural policies that protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions and, where appropriate, strengthen the corresponding institutional infrastructure; strengthen existing cultural industries and foster the emergence of new cultural industries.

In specific cases, the IFCD will support such activities that aim to protect cultural expressions that are at risk of extinction, are under threat, or in need of urgent safeguarding, or that provide capacity-building opportunities.

The maximum amount that may be requested from the IFCD for programmes or projects is US$100,000.

For further information, NGO representatives, in particular, may call Ms. Juliette Griffith at the Barbados National Commission for UNESCO at 430-2702.

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