The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to participating U.S. embassies for funding through the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) to carry out an individual project to preserve cultural heritage in a specific priority country. Issuance of this funding opportunity does not constitute an award commitment on the part of the U.S. government. Full implementation of this program is subject to the availability of funds.
Sites and Objects that have a Religious Connection: The AFCP award may include religious objects and sites under certain conditions. For example, an item with a religious connection (including a place of worship) may be the subject of a cultural preservation grant if the item derives its primary significance and is nominated solely on the basis of architectural, artistic, historical, or other cultural (not religious) criteria.
- The AFCP Grants Program supports the preservation of archaeological sites, historic buildings and monuments, 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 do one or more of the following will receive preference:
- Directly support U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations.
- Directly support U.S. policies, strategies, and objectives in Malawi.
- Support disaster risk reduction for cultural heritage in disaster-prone areas or post-disaster cultural heritage recovery.
- Partner, connect with, or feed into other ECA or public diplomacy programs.
- The following entities are eligible to apply:
- Foreign Institution of Higher Education
- Foreign-based non-profit organizations/nongovernment organizations (NGO)
- Foreign Public Entity, where permitted
- U.S. Non-Profit Organization (501(c)(3))
- U.S. Institution of Higher Education
- Eligible project applicants include reputable and accountable non-commercial entities that can demonstrate that they have the requisite capacity and permission to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage. This may include 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. Past AFCP award recipients may submit applications for continuation funds under this opportunity. 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 AFCP awards.
For more information, visit AFCP.