Deadline: 6 December 2019
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State has announced 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.
The AFCP Small Grants Competition supports the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects and collections, and forms of traditional cultural expression in developing countries. Appropriate project activities may include:
- In the case of cultural sites: conservation of an ancient or historic building, preservation of an archaeological site, or documentation of cultural sites in a region for preservation purposes
- In the case of cultural objects and collections: conservation treatment for an object or collection of objects from a museum, site, or similar institution—that include, but are not limited to, archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, and general museum conservation needs; needs assessment of a collection with respect to its condition and strategies for improving its state of conservation; inventory of a collection for conservation and protection purposes; the creation of safe environments for storage or display of collections; or specialized training in the care and preservation of collections
- In the case of forms of traditional cultural expression: documentation and audiovisual recording of traditional music, indigenous languages and dance forms for broad dissemination as the means of teaching and further preserving them, or support fortraining in the preservation of traditional applied arts or crafts in danger of extinction.
- Award Amounts: Awards may range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $200,000
- Length of Performance Period: 12 to 60 months
- The following entities are eligible to apply:
- Foreign Institution of Higher Education
- Foreign Organization
- Foreign Public Entity
- U.S. Non-Profit Organization (501(c)(3))
- U.S. Institution of Higher Education
- The AFCP further defines eligible applicants as reputable and accountable entities that are able to demonstrate that:
- they have the requisite experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage in the specified country;
- they have official permission to undertake the project and the full endorsement and support of the national cultural authority in the specified country; and
- in the case of U.S.-based and other entities based outside the specified country, they have a local partner or a pre-existing formal agreement with the national cultural authority in the specified country to conduct cultural heritage preservation activities.
For more information, visit https://tl.usembassy.gov/education-culture/afcp/