The ICA Fund for the International Development of Archives’ (FIDA) role is to support the development of archives and archivists in countries, regions and communities where archives and records provision could be strengthened due to lack of resources or training opportunities, or for other reasons.
FIDA is a distinct programme of grants to support those projects which endeavour to develop an archive or to support individual archivists, through career development, mentoring and other methods, to enable archives and their archivists to acquire professional and management competencies needed to manage the archives in their countries, regions or communities.
For the FIDA Board of Directors now invites members to submit proposals for projects and initiatives planned for 2024.
The application deadline is 15 September 2023.
Applicants must be members in good standing of the ICA, at the time of application, or whose parent organization is already a member in good standing and will partner the applicant. Any ICA member from all categories may apply for a grant. Non-members or non-member organizations may partner with members to apply for project funding as long as an ICA member is a project lead.
Applicants must provide their membership number.
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It is envisaged that there will be up to five grants for a period of a maximum of one year. Multi-year projects must apply for each year of funding separately, with no guarantee of receiving funds in subsequent years.
It is envisaged that each grant will not exceed 5,000 Euros and the total to be expended on all the grants in the year will not exceed 25,000 Euros. Exceptionally, projects may be considered for amounts greater than 5,000 Euros, but never in excess of 10,000 Euros.
The FIDA application form (new in 2023: one form for all applicants) and support documents are available in English, French and Spanish.
**Note to past applicants: please carefully review the new form and guidelines as some requirements have changed.
All documents are available for download below.
Applications received will be reviewed by the FIDA Directors. The final decision will be taken in October-November 2023. Applicants will be notified of the decision by no later than 31 January 2024.
We encourage applications that contribute to the development of archives and archivists in countries, regions and communities where archives and records provision could be strengthened due to lack of resources or training opportunities, or for other reasons.
The FIDA Directors will expect applicants to have read the Guidelines for candidates and to explain in their application what they want to develop and how they intend to do it.
The FIDA Coordinator will be able to advise on likely partners and specialists, if these are required, and on any other matter relating to the grants. For more information, please send an email to email@example.com.
In 2022, we hosted a series of live Q&A sessions to help answer any questions that potential applicants had before the deadline of the ongoing call. Watch the recording of this session below. Webinar FIDA application workshops will again be held this year, between July-September 2023 via Zoom.
September 1, 14.00 CET / Session to be held in English