U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Department of State 2020 Small Grants

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to issue a notice of funding opportunity for the 2020 Small Grants Competition of the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The deadline for submitting applications to the Center is December 10, 2019.  Please carefully follow all instructions below.  Administration of this program will be subject to the availability of funds for fiscal year (FY) 2020.

Purpose of the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) and Background:  The
 AFCP supports the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects, and forms of traditional cultural expression in more than 100 countries around the world, including Nigeria. The funding advance U.S. foreign policy goals and show American respect for cultural heritage. 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.
Cultural heritage endures as a reminder of the contributions and historical experiences of humanity.  By taking a leading role in efforts to preserve cultural heritage, the U.S. demonstrates its respect for other cultures.

The Department of State established the AFCP at the request of the Congress, reflected in the Conference Report on the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2001 (P. L. 106-553).
  1. Award Information 
Funding Instrument Type:  Grant
Floor of Individual Award Amounts:  $10,000
Ceiling of Individual Award Amounts: $200,000

Funding Areas:  The Department of State supports projects to preserve cultural heritage in the following three areas:
  1. Cultural Sites – conservation of an ancient or historic building, preservation of an archaeological site, or documentation of cultural sites in a region for preservation
  1. Cultural Objects and Collections 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; and,
  1. Forms of Traditional Cultural Expression such as traditional music, indigenous
languages, and crafts.

Funding Priorities – General:  The AFCP will recommend for funding those proposals that include project activities in adherence to the following guidelines and to international standards for the preservation of cultural heritage. These activities may include:
  1. 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.
  1. Cultural Objects and Collections: conservation needs assessments and
treatment, inventory of a collection for conservation purposes, the creation of safe
environments for storage or display of collections, or specialized training in the care and preservation of collections
  1. Forms of Traditional Cultural Expression: Documentation and audiovisual
recording of traditional music and dance forms for broad dissemination as the means of teaching and further preserving them, or support for training in the preservation of traditional applied arts or crafts in danger of extinction.

Funding Priorities – Specific to AFCP 2020:  Proposals for projects that meet one or more of the following criteria will receive consideration in FY2020:

  1. Support U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations
  2. Support U.S. Embassy Integrated Country Strategies
  3. Support disaster risk reduction for cultural heritage in disaster-prone areas
  4. Support post-disaster cultural heritage recovery
  5. Preserve World Heritage sites
  6. Partner, connect with or feed into other ECA programs

Sites and Objects that have a Religious Connection: The establishment clause of the U.S.
Constitution permits the government to include religious objects and sites within an aid program 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.
  • Eligibility Information:
Eligible project applicants include reputable and accountable non-commercial entities, such as non-governmental organizations, museums, ministries of culture, or similar institutions and organizations that are able to demonstrate that they have the requisite experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage.  All applicants must register for a DUNS number which is a unique nine-digit identification number.  DUNS Number assignment is free for organizations required to register with the federal government for grants. Begin the process here: https://iupdate.dnb.com/iUpdate/viewiUpdateHome.htm.  Registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) is also required: https://www.sam.gov/portal/SAM/

Application Deadline: 01 December, 2019.

For more information: VISIT HERE TO APPLY

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