#SOSAfricanHeritage 2021 - Call for Project Proposals

The German Commission for UNESCO invites UNESCO World Heritage Sites and UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Africa to submit proposals for projects that help them to overcome an existing impairment caused by the COVID 19 pandemic. Up to 20,000 Euro financial support will be provided to the selected projects. 

By providing financial and technical support to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Biosphere Reserves in Africa, the German Commission for UNESCO aims at helping to maintain independent and sustainable organizational structures, strengthen the involvement and participation of civil society and local communities and to protect the uniqueness of the sites. The funding is also designated to secure activities focusing on education for sustainable development, global citizenship and cultural diversity. 

In 2020, the German Commission for UNESCO had already supported 22 UNESCO designations in Africa through the first round of #SOSAfricanHeritage. Given its great response and impact, the support programme is continued through this Call for Project Proposals.  

With #SOSAfricanHeritage 2021, the German Commission for UNESCO continues to contribute to a Relief Fund of the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut which responds to the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on cultural and educational organizations in countries where both sectors have no or very few alternative means of support. In 2021, the Canadian National Commission for UNESCO contributes additional funding to #SOSAfricanHeritage 2021 to increase its outreach.

The deadline for submission is 18 June 2021 at 18:00 (6 PM) CAT. 

The funding period runs from 1 August until 30 November 2021.

Funds requested under this call must be in the range between 10,000 EUR and 20,000 EUR.

An international jury of experts with experience on the African continent will evaluate and select the proposals by 9 of July 2021

Please find further information on this Call for Proposals and the required application form listed on the right.

The German Commission for UNESCO will provide interested UNESCO World Heritage sites and Biosphere Reserves with technical support and answers to any question linked to this Call for Proposals via @email.

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