The U.S. Embassy in Djibouti and the Cultural Heritage Center (“the Center”) of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs are pleased to announce the 2022 call for proposals for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Grants Competition.
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.
- The Department of State established the AFCP in 2000 at the request of Congress (Conference Report 106-1005 accompanying H.R. 4942). At the time, the Senate noted that the preservation of cultural heritage “offers an opportunity to show a different American face to other countries, one that is non-commercial, non-political, and nonmilitary.
- ” The projects recommended for funding advance U.S. foreign policy goals and show respect for other cultures. Cultural preservation is effective public diplomacy that resonates deeply with opinion leaders and local communities, even in countries where ties may be otherwise limited. AFCP projects strengthen civil society, encourage good governance, and promote political and economic stability around the world.
Some of the most impactful AFCP projects have been designed as part of a greater PD programming arc promoting specific U.S. policy goals and host-country or community objectives. Accordingly, in FY 2022, ECA and the Center will give preference to projects that do one or more of the following:
- Directly support U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations;
- Directly support U.S. policies, strategies and objectives in a country as stated in the Integrated Country Strategy or other U.S. government planning documents;
- 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; or
- Partner, connect with, or feed into other ECA or public diplomacy programs.
- Length of performance period: 12 to 60 months
- Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $500,000
- Funding Instrument Type: Grant, Cooperative Agreement
- Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 60 months or less.
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).
Eligible Project Implementers
- The Center defines eligible project implementers as reputable and accountable non-commercial entities that can 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 previous awards.
- Potential implementers must be registered and active in SAM.gov to receive U.S. federal assistance.
- If an embassy’s project idea is advanced to Round 2 and the anticipated implementer is not registered in SAM.gov, the embassy should initiate the registration process immediately so it is in place in the event the project is ultimately selected for an award. If a project is selected for an award and the registration is not completed, the award could be delayed to the next FY, pending the availability of funding.
- Embassies vet potential implementers for eligibility, suitability, and reputable performance in cultural preservation or similar activities and ensure that they are able to receive U.S. federal assistance.
For more information, visit https://dj.usembassy.gov/education-culture/afcp/