PCOM Call for Projects - Closed!

Guidelines for Applicants 

Programme Commission Mission 

The Programme Commission (PCOM) is responsible for the professional and technical programme of the ICA; coordinating the activities of Regional Branches, Professional Sections and Expert Groups; and the professional content of ICA international congresses and conferences.  

PCOM funds archives and records management projects that support the ICA’s professional programmestrategic objectives and business plan

It also creates Expert Groups in the main areas of professional activity, provides their terms of reference and monitors their progress. 

The Vice President Programme has ultimate responsibility for PCOM and for aligning the professional programme and its initiatives with the ICA’s strategic objectives (1).


ICA Projects Funding 

ICA offers funding through PCOM or International Fund for Archival Development (FIDA) – see Appendix A - Funding Decision Tree to find out which is more suitable for your project. 

PCOM will consider funding applications for: 

  • conference, seminars, webinars, and workshops to a total €5,000 for meeting arrangements planned between October 2021 and March 2022, and 
  • projects planned to be developed between October 2021 and March 2022, generally up to €5,000 per year.  

Applicants are also expected to secure additional funding or resources from other sources. 



Who can apply? 

The applicant is either 

  1.  An active ICA body (Regional BranchProfessional Sections, or an Expert Group) with an approved project from its members, or a project in alignment of its work plan for 2021 or 2022 
    • Those ICA bodies applying for funding must assign a project team who will lead the project and maintain the communications with the ICA Secretariat.   


  1. A paid-up Individual Member (student, digital or full) of ICA at the time of application, or an institution with ICA membership, that has established a partnership with an ICA body for developing a joint project. 
    • Applicants must be members in good standing of the ICA, and provide their membership number.  

What type of projects are encouraged to apply? 

PCOM encourages applications which: 

  • produce products, tools and other activities that will be widely used by other ICA Regional Branches, Professional Sections, Expert Groups, and members, or the global archive community and its users, and/or promote archives and archives and records management professionals; 
  • are multi-disciplinary, involving collaboration with other professions; and/or 
  • adapt existing products or tools for different audiences or promote ICA and its goals in areas where the network is not strong. 

These include:  

  • projects that introduce or adapt an existing ICA product to a group of organizations or an entire branch (for example a workshop that introduces the use of the Digital Records Curation Programme or the PARBICA Recordkeeping for Good Governance Toolkit); 
  • projects or meetings that build the ICA network in a region where the network is not strong (for example a regional seminar that includes non-members in order to promote membership and participation in future activities); and 
  • projects or meetings that promote the archival and records management profession (in its broadest sense) on a regional level.  

PCOM does not support applications which: 

  • do not meet the application criteria; or 
  • include the normal activities and operations of an organization (e.g. digitisation projects). 


Application Procedure 

The deadline for submitting your Application Form is 10 September 2021 at 23:59 (CEST Time in France). Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Results of the selection will be published on the ICA Website by 22 October 2021.  

Before you send your application, it is important that you: 

  • find out about the ICA and its strategic objectives and programmes;
  • read these guidelines so that you know what is needed for a successful application; 
  • contact us before completing the Application Form in case you need more information about how to join the ICA, how to best link your project with the ICA’s strategic objectives and work, or in case you need our support to put you in touch with related projects or subject area specialists who can help; 
  • complete the Application Form; and 
  • send the completed form and supporting information to the PCOM team at programme@ica.org

Assessment Criteria  

PCOM evaluates applications in three areas:  

  1. Strategic Direction: whether the project or meeting will contribute to ICA’s strategic objectives
  2. Project Impact: the extent to which the project or meeting supports the ICA programme, with preference being given to projects or meetings that support one or more programme priorities or interest areas, or which benefit a wider audience;  
  3. Likely Success: whether the goals and planning are realistic, whether risks have been identified and addressed, and the project or meeting is likely to be successful. 

For a detailed explanation of the criteria and how PCOM evaluates applications see Appendix B - Assessment Criteria.


Assessment Process 

In general, the application assessment process is as follows: 

  1. The PCOM team confirms receipt of the completed Application Form within two weeks
  2. The PCOM team completes an initial review of the application and forwards the completed applications to Programme Commission members for evaluation against the criteria.  

We may ask for more information and/or may commission a subject area expert to assist in evaluating the proposal. On the basis of these evaluations the Programme Commission makes its funding decisions; 

  1. The PCOM team notifies applicants of PCOM’s decision by the set deadline of the application submission.  

For successful projects the process is as follows: 

  1. ICA and the funding recipient establish by email the Project Leader (who is usually, but does not have to be the applicant), duration, payment schedule, reporting requirements and deadlines, intellectual rights and any other conditions depending on the nature of the funded project; 
  2. The PCOM team adds the project details to the Project Register and publishes summary details on the ICA website (by agreement);
  3. The Project Leader submits interim (if required) and final project reports to the PCOM team for review by the Programme Commission. Highlights of your report will be included in PCOM’s annual report to the ICA General Assembly and the ICA Annual Report.  

The ICA is committed to accountability, transparency and to providing members with clear information on how its money is used. The PCOM team will support you with the reporting and funding processes;  

  1. Final project deliverables are sent to the PCOM team for review and clearance by the Programme Commission; and  
  2. Project deliverables are published and shared with ICA members. 

For an example see Appendix C - Practical examples of funding and accountability requirements.  

Successful Projects - Conditions 

Successful projects are subject to various conditions relating to reporting, project deliverables and the publication and/or sharing of end-products. For PCOM-funded projects receipt of funding is subject to meeting these conditions, including: 

  • submission of a report from the Project Leader upon completion of the project.  Interim reports may also be required at dates specified by PCOM; 
  • making project deliverables, or part of it, available to PCOM for publication and/or use by Branches, Sections, Expert Groups, the Training Programme, and ICA members (2), once cleared by PCOM members in any language suitable with the ICA objectives. All intellectual ownership being recognized by the users in concordance with the ICA copyright policy (3); and 
  • translation of project deliverables into either French or English as part of the project, where neither is the language of the original. Other language versions are also welcome. 


(1) ICA Constitution article 12

(2) This means that the products of PCOM-funded projects may only be available to ICA members as part of the ICA membership benefits package.

(3)  By default, resources in which the ICA owns the copyright are subject to Creative Commons License Attribution-Noncommercial (CC BY-NC). This means that users can copy or distribute, and modify, the resource, as long as the use is noncommercial and the required attribution is present. It means that translations can be undertaken without seeking permission, and that partial re-use (such as one article in a journal) is also possible.

Some ICA resources are subject to different licences because of factors including contractual commitments.  When an exception applies to a resource for which ICA retains the Copyright, the conditions are described on pages linking to the resource and, where possible, embedded in the document.