We are pleased to inform that UNESCO has launched the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) 9th call for funding requests and the first edition of “U40 Empowered”: a UNESCO – Sabrina Ho Initiative aiming to support women entrepreneurs powering the digital and creative industries.
The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) is a multi-donor fund established under Article 18 of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Its purpose is to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention.
It does this through support to projects that aim to foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector, primarily through activities facilitating the introduction and/or elaboration of policies and strategies that protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions as well as the reinforcement of institutional infrastructures supporting viable cultural industries. 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.
U40 Empowered: Women Entrepreneurs Powering The Digital Creative Industries is a UNESCO initiative started in 2018 with the support of Sabrina Ho.
This initiative expands the actions of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity by supporting projects from national and international NGOs that promote young female cultural entrepreneurs working in the digital creative industries. It is designed to increase opportunities for women under 40 to access funding, infrastructure, equipment and co-production opportunities in the digital creative industries. “U40 Empowered” will also support strategies that address the different needs, aspirations, capacities and contributions of women. Through support for such projects, “U40 Empowered” will unlock opportunities for young women entrepreneurs and realise their full potential in the digital creative industries.
Please note that project proposals submitted to this call must comply with specific criteria, will be evaluated by an independent Panel of Experts and will be approved directly by Sabrina Ho. Please note that the maximum amount that can be requested is US$100,000.
The deadline for applicants to submit applications and supporting documents using the IFCD online application platform is 16 April 2018, midnight CE.
Please find below link to all information regarding funding and link to apply.