U.S. Embassy in Amman: 2019 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Small Grants Program


Deadline: 15 November 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Amman has announced a call for proposals for the 2019 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Small Grants Program.

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The Fund was established by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in 2001, to help countries preserve their cultural heritage and to demonstrate U.S. respect for different cultures around the world.

Funding Information

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

Funding Areas

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AFCP will recommend for funding those applications 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

Proposals for projects that directly support one or more of the following criteria will receive consideration in FY 2019:

  • U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations, such as cultural property protection agreements
  • U.S. Embassy Integrated Country Strategy (ICS) goals (i.e. Goal 2: Equitable inclusive economic growth, job creation, and open markets, especially to provide opportunities to young people)
  • Disaster risk reduction for cultural heritage in seismically active and other disaster-prone areas
  • Post-disaster cultural heritage recovery
  • Preservation of inscribed World Heritage sites

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible project applicants as reputable and accountable non-commercial entities, such as non-governmental organizations, museums, ministries of culture, or similar institutions and organizations (including U.S.-based organizations subject to Section 501(c) (3) of the tax code), that are able to demonstrate that they have the requisite experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit proposals via email at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit 2019 AFCP Small Grants.

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