The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the fiscal year (FY) 2022 call for proposals for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Grants Program (AFCP).
Beginning in FY 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S Department are implementing several changes to the program during this cycle, including combining the small and large grants program into a single program and dividing the application process into two rounds and reducing the amount of information required up front.
- The fund was established to help countries preserve their cultural heritage. For Cambodia, it is aimed at preserving major ancient archaeological sites, historic buildings and monuments, major museum collections, and forms of traditional cultural expression that have historical or cultural significance and are accessible to the public and protected by Cambodian law.
- The projects selected to receive funding through the AFCP Grants Program will advance U.S. diplomatic goals and demonstrate the depth of U.S. respect for the cultural heritage of Cambodia.
- Proposal shall advance U.S foreign policy objectives and demonstrates U.S. leadership in the preservation and protection of cultural heritage around the world.
The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Grants Program supports the preservation of major ancient archaeological sites, historic buildings and monuments, major museum collections, and forms of traditional cultural expression, such as indigenous languages and crafts. Appropriate project activities may include:
- Anastylosis (reassembling 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 other 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)
Applications for projects that directly support one or more of the following will receive additional consideration in FY 2022:
- Directly support U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations;
- Support disaster risk reduction for cultural heritage in disaster-prone areas or post disaster cultural heritage recovery
- Support conflict resolution and help communities bridge differences
- Partner, connect with, or feed into other Embassy or public diplomacy programs
- Floor on Amount of Individual Awards: US $10,000 per project
- Ceiling on Amount of Individual Awards: US $500,000 per project
- Anticipated Number of Awards: 20-30
- Anticipated Project Completion Date: Within 5 years
- The U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh defines eligible project implementers as reputable and accountable non-commercial entities that are able to demonstrate 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 the previous awards.
- Potential implementers must have a unique entity identifier, such as a DUNS number, and be registered and active in SAM.gov to receive U.S. federal assistance. If Round 1 project idea is advanced to Round 2 and the anticipated implementer is not registered in SAM.gov, the anticipated implementer should start the registration process immediately, so it is in place in the event the project is ultimately selected for an award. The registration process can take several weeks to complete so it is important to avoid any delay.
For more information, visit https://kh.usembassy.gov/call-for-proposals-ambassadors-fund-for-cultural-preservation-2022-grants-program/