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

Deadline: 7 December 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Djibouti and the Cultural Heritage Center (“the Center”) of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has announced the 2018 call for proposals for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Small Grants Competition.

The AFCP competition demonstrates the United States’ commitment to protecting cultural heritage. In Djibouti, the AFCP competition aims to preserve cultural sites or objects and museum collections of historical or cultural significance to Djiboutian’ s. Individual awards can range from $10,000 to $200,000.


AFCP prioritizes project activities that are appropriate and in keeping with international standards for the preservation of cultural heritage. These activities may involve:

  • 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 of 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 them and furthering their preservation; or support for training in the preservation of traditional applied arts or crafts that are in danger of extinction.

Special Priorities of 2018 Competition:

  • Directly support U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations, such as cultural property protection agreements;
  • Support the preservation of inscribed UNESCO World Heritage sites;
  • Support disaster risk reduction for cultural heritage and post-disaster cultural heritage recovery in seismically active and other disaster-prone areas;

Eligibility Criteria

The Center defines eligible project applicants as reputable and accountable noncommercial entities, such as non-governmental organizations, museums, ministries of culture, 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.

How to Apply

Letters of intent must be submitted at the address given on the website.

Eligible Country: Djibouti

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

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