The U.S. Embassy in Montenegro has announced U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2022 Grants Program to support the preservation of archeological sites, historic buildings and monuments, museum collections, and forms of traditional cultural expression, such as indigenous languages and crafts.
- The Department of State established the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, a competitive global fund, in 2001, at the request of Congress, to help countries preserve cultural heritage and to demonstrate U.S. respect for other cultures.
- The projects selected to receive funding under this program will advance U.S. diplomatic goals and demonstrate the depth of U.S. respect for the cultural heritage of Montenegro.
- Award amounts: award/s may range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $500,000
- Anticipated program start date: The period of performance begins upon the Grant Officer’s signature and the awardee’s countersignature on a Notice of Award, no earlier than September 30, 2022.
- Length of performance period: 1-5 years
Appropriate project activities may include:
- Anastylosis (resembling a site from its original parts)
- Conservation (addressing damage or deterioration to an object or site)
- Consolidation (connecting or reconnecting elements of an object or site)
- Documentation (recording in analog or digital format the condition and salient features of an object, site, or tradition)
- Inventory (listing of objects, sites, or traditions by location, feature, age, or unifying characteristic or state)
- Preventive Conservation (addressing conditions that threaten or damage a site, object, collection, or tradition)
- Restoration (replacing missing elements to recreate the original appearance of an object or site, usually appropriate only with fine arts, decorative arts, and historic buildings)
- Stabilization (reducing the physical disturbance of an object or site)
- Eligible project implementers (applicants) are reputable and accountable non-commercial entities that can demonstrate that they have the requisite capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage.
- Eligible implementers may include non-governmental organizations, museums, educational institutions, ministries of culture, or similar institutions and organizations, including U.S.-based educational institutions and organizations subject to section 501(c)(3) of the tax code.
- The AFCP will not award grants to individuals, commercial entities, or past award recipients that have not fulfilled the objectives or reporting requirements of previous awards.
- Potential implementers must be registered and active in the U.S. government’s System for Award Management (SAM.gov) to receive U.S. federal assistance. Potential implementers should start the process of SAM.gov registration immediately, in case the project advances to Round 2 of the global AFCP 2022 competition, so that the registration is in place in the event the project is ultimately selected for an award.
Other Eligibility Requirements
- In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a valid registration.
- Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding.
For more information, visit https://me.usembassy.gov/u-s-ambassadors-fund-for-cultural-preservation-2022-grants-program/