Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (2019) Large Grants

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the 2019 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). Interested applicants must first submit a two-page concept note for their project. Selected applicants will be asked to submit full project proposals. AFCP-supported projects include the restoration of ancient and historic buildings, assessment and conservation of rare manuscripts and museum collections, preservation and protection of important archaeological sites, and the documentation of vanishing traditional craft techniques and indigenous languages.

The Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation was created in 2001 to support the preservation of cultural heritage and demonstrate U.S. respect for other cultures, their history, and rich traditions. Cultural heritage endures as a reminder of the contributions and historical experiences of all humanity.

Program Title: Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (2019) Large Grants

Award Amount Range: $200,000 – $800,000.00

Concept Note for the Project proposals must very briefly address the following using no more than two (2) pages:

  1. Project purpose that briefly explains the project objectives and desired results;  2. Project description that briefly explains how the applicant intends to achieve the project objectives and results, presents proposed tasks in a logical order, and describes how those tasks directly contribute towards achieving the project objectives and results;  3. Project timeframe or schedule that identifies the major project phases and milestones, with performance target dates for achieving them;  4. Statement of importance highlighting the historic, architectural, artistic, or cultural (non-religious) values of the cultural site, object, collection, or form of traditional expression;  5. Statement of urgency indicating the severity of the situation and explaining why the project must take place now;  6. Detailed project budget, demarcated in one-year budget periods (2019, 2020, 2021,etc.), that lists all costs in cost categories (Personnel, Travel [including Per Diem], Equipment, Supplies, Contractual, Other Direct Costs); indicates funds from other sources; and gives a justification for any anticipated international travel costs;  7. Applicant information, including resumes or CVs of the proposed project director and key project participants, that demonstrates that the applying entity (ministry of culture, NGO, etc.) has the requisite experience and the capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage;  8. Proof of official permission to undertake the project and the endorsement and support of the appropriate national authority;

Concept Notes should be submitted in English only via e-mail to:

Deadline for submission of Concept Notes: December 19, 2018.