UNESCO: Inviting applications for ‘International Assistance under the World Heritage Convention’ to the States Parties to the World Heritage Convention, in order to help them protect the cultural or natural heritage sites inscribed on the World Heritage List or on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Funding brief: International Assistance under the World Heritage Convention is a financial assistance granted to the States Parties to the World Heritage Convention, in order to help them protect the cultural or natural heritage sites inscribed on the World Heritage List or on the List of World Heritage in Danger. Priority is given to the most threatened properties.

International Assistance under the World Heritage Fund can support projects falling under one of the following three categories:
Emergency Assistance: The purpose of Emergency assistance is to address ascertained or potential threats facing properties inscribed on the World Heritage List which have suffered severe damage or are in imminent danger of severe damage due to sudden, unexpected phenomena (eg. land subsidence, extensive fires, flooding or man-made disaster).

This assistance does not concern cases of damage or deterioration caused by gradual processes of decay, pollution or erosion.

Conservation & Management: Conservation & Management Assistance includes:
Technical cooperation: To provide equipment or experts for the conservation, management and presentation of properties inscribed on the World Heritage List. For example, conservation works, preparation or update of management plans or risk-preparedness plans fall under this category;

Promotional and educational assistance: To raise awareness and develop educational materials for the general promotion of the World Heritage Convention and the World Heritage List.

As a consequence, the promotion of a single site is not an eligible activity.

Training & research assistance: To support the training of staff and specialists at all levels in the fields of identification, monitoring, conservation, management and presentation of properties inscribed on the World Heritage List, with an emphasis on group training. Individual scholarships cannot be funded and should be sent to UNESCO’s Fellowship Section instead.

This assistance can be requested also to undertake scientific research or studies benefiting properties inscribed on the World Heritage List;

Preparatory Assistance: The purpose of Preparatory assistance is
● To prepare or update Tentative Lists; or
● To prepare nomination files for sites inscribed on national Tentative Lists; or
● To prepare requests for Conservation & Management Assistance.

Donor Name: The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO)
Funding name: International Assistance under the World Heritage Convention

Deadline:
● 
Emergency Assistance:
  Request for 5,000 USD or less: Any time during the year
  Request between 5,001 USD and 75,000 USD: Any time during the year
  Request above 75,000 USD: Any time before the Committee (June/July)
● Conservation & Management
  Request for 5,000 USD or less: Any time during the year
  Request between 5,001 USD and 30,000 USD: 31 October at the latest
  Request above 30,000 USD: 31 October at the latest
● Preparatory Assistance:
  Request for 5,000 USD or less: Any time during the year
  Request between 5,001 USD and 30,000 USD: 31 October at the latest

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit:
● 
Emergency Assistance:
 Request for 5,000 USD or less
 Request between 5,001 USD and 75,000 USD
 Request above 75,000 USD

● 
Conservation & Management
 Promotional and educational assistance: Maximum amount: 10,000 USD.

 Request for 5,000 USD or less
 Request between 5,001 USD and 30,000 USD
 Request above 30,000 USD

● 
Preparatory Assistance: Maximum amount: 30,000 USD
 Request for 5,000 USD or less
 Request between 5,001 USD and 30,000 USD

Project start date: N/A
Project duration: N/A

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
● All States Parties to the World Heritage Convention are eligible in principle. Individuals, foundations, IGOs and NGOs are not eligible for submitting International Assistance requests under the World Heritage Fund.
● International Assistance requests must be transmitted by a State Party National Commission for UNESCO or Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, or an appropriate governmental Department or Ministry. Individuals who do not represent one of these bodies are not entitled to submit requests for International Assistance.
● States Parties in arrears of payment of their compulsory or voluntary contributions to the World Heritage Fund are not eligible for International Assistance. For example, for the 2017 cycle, it means that all contributions up to 2016 included have to be paid. The status of contributions can be checked on Click to view

Eligible Country:
Moreover, the Operational Guidelines outline that when funds available are limited and a selection has to be made, preference should be given to:
● A Least Developed Country (LDC) or Low Income Economy (LIE) as defined by the United Nations Economic and Social Council’s Committee for Development Policy, or
● A Lower Middle Income Country (LMIC) as defined by the World Bank, or
● A Small Island Developing State (SIDS), or
● A State Party in a post-conflict situation.

Submission mail: wh-intassistance@unesco.org

Other important link:
● About: Click to view
● Form:
  English: Click to view
  French: Click to view
● Guideline:
  English: Click to view
  French: Click to view
● Emergency Assistance: Click to view
● Conservation & Management: Click to view
● Preparatory Assistance: Click to view

How to apply: International Assistance requests must be transmitted by a State Party National Commission for UNESCO or Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, or an appropriate governmental Department or Ministry. Individuals who do not represent one of these bodies are therefore not entitled to submit requests for International Assistance

Online
● Advantages of the online form:
● Submission not possible if all the fields are not filled in (missing fields can lead to rejection of the request)
● Automatic calculations in the budget part can help avoiding mistakes
● Request a log-in, if you do not have one yet. Persons belonging to National Commissions for UNESCO, Permanent Delegations to UNESCO or appropriate governmental Departments or Ministries can send their name, function, institution and email address at wh-intassistance@unesco.org; they will receive their log-in directly to their email address.

Fill in the application online (Click to view)in English or French. Attach relevant supporting documents and information that are deemed appropriate.

● Submit the request online
● Sign a printed version of the application after having downloaded it under Word format. Reminder: it must be signed and dated by a National Commission for UNESCO, a Permanent Delegation to UNESCO or an appropriate governmental Department or Ministry.
● The completed application form must be sent to the World Heritage Centre at the following address: UNESCO World Heritage Centre,7, place de Fontenoy,75352 Paris 07 SP, France
● An advanced scanned copy can be sent at wh-intassistance@unesco.org

Offline Download one of the forms below:
● International Assistance request application form in Word format in English: Click to view
● International Assistance request application form in Word format in French: Click to view
● If you experience difficulty downloading this file, please contact the Convention Secretariat at wh-intassistance@unesco.org
● Fill in the application in English or French. Attach relevant supporting documents and information that are deemed appropriate.
● Sign the application. Reminder: it must be signed and dated by National Commissions for UNESCO, Permanent Delegations to UNESCO or appropriate governmental Departments or Ministries.
● The completed application form must be sent to the World Heritage Centre at the following address: UNESCO World Heritage Centre, 7, place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07 SP, France.

● An advanced scanned copy can be sent at wh-intassistance@unesco.org


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