UNESCO Voluntary Fund

The UNESCO Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport (Voluntary Fund) was established by governments to assist states parties undertake their responsibilities under the International Convention against Doping in Sport (Convention).

Applications can be submitted for projects focusing on anti-doping education, mentoring and capacity building, as well as for policy advice with regards to complying with the Convention. Applications for national projects can request up to US$20,000 of funding, while regional projects can request up to US$50,000.

Any country that has ratified the Convention can submit an application to the Voluntary Fund. A list of countries that have ratified the Convention and are therefore eligible to apply can be found here.

Questions and Answers on the UNESCO Voluntary Fund can be found below.

To consult UNESCO’s Web site for additional information regarding the Voluntary Fund and the application process, click here.

  1. What is the Voluntary Fund?
  2. What is the fund for?
  3. Who can apply?
  4. How much can be applied for?
  5. How many applications can be made?
  6. Where can I get an application form from?
  7. Is there a contact person from whom I can get more information and details about the Fund or application?
  8. Are there examples of applications templates for projects already approved that can be referred to?
  9. Who makes the decision about applications?
  10. When does the Approval Committee meet?

1. What is the Voluntary Fund? Up

Under the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport, a special Voluntary Fund was set up so countries could apply for financial assistance to help them develop their anti-doping capacity and carry out their obligations and responsibilities under the Convention. There is currently US$ 2 million available and applications are welcomed by UNESCO so that the funding can be put to good use.

2. What is the fund for? Up

Anti-doping projects, specifically:

  •   Education projects focusing on youth and sports organizations;
  •   Policy advice including assistance to administrative practices, policies and regulations and legislation for anti-doping in your country to help each country comply with the Convention;
  •   Anti-doping mentoring and capacity development including the establishment of a National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) as an example.

3. Who can apply? Up

Any country which has ratified the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport. Click here to check if your government has ratified the Convention. Applications can be made through a designated government channel, such as the Ministry with responsibility for sport or the National Commission of UNESCO. If a country does not have a Department or Ministry responsible for sport, another designated government representative or Department can write and submit the application.

4. How much can be applied for? Up

US$20,000 for a national project and US$ 50,000 for a regional project. Note that a regional project needs confirmation of support including letters from a minimum of three countries. However, the number of countries that might benefit from the project could be higher.

5. How many applications can be made? Up

Three requests per country can be made every biennium, i.e. every two years, with the start date for the current biennium of January 1, 2016 – 31 December 2017. All the paperwork for one project has to be completed and verified by UNESCO before the next project can start.

6. Where can I get an application form from? Up

A copy of the handbook (available in six languages) with application forms included can be found by clicking here.

7. Is there a contact person from whom I can get more information and details about the Fund or application? Up

Please contact Nancy McLennan, Project Officer, Sector for Social and Human Sciences
n.mclennan@unesco.org
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 68 45 38

The WADA Regional Office Directors are also available to work with you to complete the forms or provide ideas for projects.

African Region: Rodney Swigelaar, Regional Office Director, Cape Town, South Africa
Rodney.swigelaar@wada-ama.org

Americas Region: Maria José Pesce, Regional Office Director, Montevideo, Uruguay
Mariajose.pesce@wada-ama.org

Asia and Oceania Regions: Kazuhiro Hayashi, Regional Office Director, Tokyo, Japan
Kazuhiro.hayashi@wada-ama.org

8. Are there examples of applications templates for projects already approved that can be referred to? Up

9. Who makes the decision about applications? Up

An Approval Committee made up of six representatives of Governments with anti-doping expertise, from the six UNESCO regions.  Current Approval Committee members are from:

  • the Bahamas
  • China
  • Finland
  • Oman
  • Russia
  • South Africa

A representative from WADA is also on the Committee and provides advice to the Committee on the applications. The representatives on the Approval Committee are appointed by the Conference of Parties (COP), which meets every two years at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris. The next COP meeting will be held late 2017.

10. When does the Approval Committee meet? Up

Currently it meets twice annually, usually in the spring (between March – June) and in the fall (between September – December). It can also make decisions without meeting if there are enough applications.