U.S. Department of State, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs announces Cultural Preservation of Historic Sites and Monuments (Built Heritage)

Deadline: 3 June 2019

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, is pleased to announce an open competition for eligible organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to document and preserve Afghanistan’s built heritage, including historic sites and monuments.

The goal of cultural preservation projects is to promote tolerance, diversity, and national pride by building community and national awareness of Afghanistan’s rich heritage. Selected projects will also build capacity and develop skills of university students and/or youth through welldefined internship programs and/or educational outreach programs, including curriculum enhancement.


Examples of projects and activities that will not be considered under this NOFO:

  • Preservation of traditional forms of cultural expression (e.g., music, film, and artwork) instead of built structures.
  • Projects focused on new excavation. PAS will consider archaeological survey and limited excavation work that is ancillary to the core project. For example, the primary focus is to stabilize or restore a structure, but to fulfill this objective responsibly, some survey and limited excavation in the vicinity of a structure or monument may be required to better inform experts on a structure’s original construction.
  • Construction of new structures or modernization of an existing space. Stabilization, conservation, and restoration of existing historic structures and monuments are not defined as new construction activities and will be considered for funding.
  • Preservation of privately or commercially owned cultural objects or real property.
  • Development of a new website as part of an educational component or outreach.
  • Developing content for an already existing website may be considered.
  • Preservation of natural heritage such as geological formations, habitats of threatened species, or animals and plants.
  • Travel or study outside of Afghanistan for professional development

Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $800,000
  • Award Ceiling: $800,000
  • Award Floor: $400,000

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility is open to all types of applicants except for individuals. Organizations may sub-award/contract with other entities, but only one entity may be the prime recipient of the award. When sub-awarding/contracting with other entities, the responsibilities of each entity must be clearly defined in the proposal.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

For more information, please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=314546

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