U.S. Embassy in Turkey: Seeking Applications for AFCP Small Grants Competition 2018

Deadline: 20 December 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Turkey and the Cultural Heritage Center of the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State have announced a 2018 call for proposals for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Competition.

The AFCP competition for Turkey aims to support preservation of cultural sites or objects and museum collections of historical or cultural significance to the cultural heritage of Turkey. AFCP was established to support countries in preserving their cultural heritage and to demonstrate U.S. respect for other cultures.

Funding Information

  • Floor on Amount of Individual Awards: US $10,000 per project.
  • Ceiling on Amount of Individual Awards: $200,000 per project.
  • In FY 2017, awards ranged from US $24,000 to US $174,000.

Funding Areas

AFCP will recommend for funding those applications that include project activities that adhere 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 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; 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, indigenous languages 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

Special Priorities of 2018 Competition

  • U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations, such as cultural property agreements
  • 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

The AFCP Center defines eligible project applicants as reputable and accountable non-commercial 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

Application form and all the required attachments must be submitted in English in electronic format at the address given on the website.

Eligible Country: Turkey

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

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