U.S. Embassy in Albania: Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2018

Deadline: 10 December 2017

The U.S. Embassy is seeking project proposals for the 2018 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The AFCP is one of many ways that they partner with Albania to preserve its unique cultural heritage.

Funding Information

  • Floor on Amount of Individual Awards: US $10,000 per project.
  • Ceiling on Amount of Individual Awards: $200,000 per project.

Funding Areas

Through the AFCP Program, the Department of State supports projects to preserve cultural heritage in the following three areas:

  • CULTURAL SITES such as, but not limited to, historic buildings and archaeological sites;
  • CULTURAL OBJECTS AND COLLECTIONS from a museum, site, or similar institution—that include, but are not limited to, archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, and general museum conservation needs; and,
  • FORMS OF TRADITIONAL CULTURAL EXPRESSION such as traditional music, indigenous languages, and crafts.

Funding Priorities — General

AFCP will recommend for funding those proposals that include project activities in adherence to the following guidelines and to international standards for the preservation of cultural heritage. These activities may include:

  • CULTURAL SITES: conservation of an ancient or historic building, preservation of an archaeological site, or documentation of cultural sites in a region for preservation purposes.
  • CULTURAL OBJECTS AND COLLECTIONS: conservation treatment for an object or collection of objects; needs assessment of a collection with respect to its condition and strategies for improving its state of conservation; inventory of a collection for conservation and protection purposes; the creation of safe environments for storage or display of collections; or specialized training in the care and preservation of collections.
  • FORMS OF TRADITIONAL CULTURAL EXPRESSION: documentation and audiovisual recording of traditional music and dance forms for broad dissemination as the means of teaching and further preserving them, or support for training in the preservation of traditional applied arts or crafts in danger of extinction.

Funding Priorities — Specific

Proposals for projects that meet one or more of the following criteria will receive consideration in FY 2018:

  • Directly support U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations, such as cultural property protection agreements;
  • Support the preservation of inscribed World Heritage sites;
  • Support risk reduction and disaster preparedness for cultural sites and collections in seismically active and other disaster-prone areas; and
  • Engage women, youth, or under-served communities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Center defines eligible project applicants as reputable and accountable non-commercial entities, such as non-governmental organizations, or similar institutions and organizations that are able to demonstrate that they have the requisite experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage.
  • Embassies must vet applicants for eligibility, suitability, and reputable performance in cultural preservation or similar activities.
  • AFCP does not award grants to individuals, commercial entities, or to embassies or past award recipients which have not fulfilled the objectives or reporting requirements of previous AFCP awards.

How to Apply

Project proposals may be submitted at the address given on the website.

Eligible Country: Albania

For more information, please visit U.S. Embassy in Albania.

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