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2010 Ambassadors Fund For Cultural Preservation

The Embassy of the United States is now accepting project proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2010 competition.

The deadline for submitting proposals is December 04, 2009.  The program is being administered by the Cultural Heritage Center of the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State. 

Since FY 2001, the U.S. Congress has directed the Department of State to support and implement the AFCP. Congress has noted that "Cultural preservation offers an opportunity to show a different American face to other countries.  By taking a leading role in efforts to preserve cultural heritage, we show our respect for other cultures."  Once project proposals are received, U.S. Ambassadors in eligible countries may submit proposals for projects that are designed for the preservation of cultural heritage. 

Project Catergories:

AFCP supports preservation projects in the following three categories: 

  • Cultural Objects and Collections from a museum, site, or similar institution;
  • Cultural Sites; 
  • Forms of Traditional Cultural Expression.

The Cultural Objects and Collections category (A) includes

  • archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, photographic and film collections, and general museum conservation activities. Proposals in this
  • category may involve, for example, conservation treatment for an object or collection of objects; needs assessment of a collection with respect to its condition and strategies for
  • improving its state of conservation; 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.

The cultural sites category (B) includes (but is not limited to)

  • historic buildings and sites, sacred places, monuments, and archaeological sites. Proposals in this category may involve, for example, restoration of an historic building, an archaeological survey as a component of a preservation plan, preservation management planning for a site, or documentation of sites in a region for preservation purposes.

The forms of traditional cultural expression category (C)

  • includes traditional music, rituals, knowledge, languages, dance, drama, and crafts. Proposals in this category may involve documenting and audiovisual recording of traditional music and dance forms as part of a traditional expression and
  • making the information and recordings available, or support for training in the preservation of traditional arts or crafts that are threatened by extinction. 

Phased and Pilot Projects:

The Cultural Heritage Center invites submissions of proposals for phased and pilot cultural preservation projects whose methods and outcomes will advance long-term cultural preservation objectives, lay the groundwork for subsequent AFCP-supported activities, or encourage the continued or expanded application of proven methods at the project site or elsewhere.


AFCP does not support the following:

  1. Preservation or purchase of privately or commercially owned cultural objects, collections, or real property
  2. Conservation of natural heritage (physical, biological, and geological formations, paleontological collections, habitats of threatened species of animals and plants, fossils, etc.)
  3. Preservation of news media (newspaper, newsreels, etc.) (D) Archaeological excavations or surveys for research purposes
  4. Historical research, except in cases where historical research is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project
  5. Construction of new buildings
  6. Commissions of new works of art or performances for commemorative or economic development purposes
  7. Acquisition or creation of new collections for new or existing museums
  8. Creation of replicas or re-creation of cultural objects or sites that no longer exist
  9. Relocation of cultural sites from one physical location to another
  10. Digitization of cultural objects or collections, unless part of a larger, clearly defined conservation effort
  11. Removal of cultural objects or elements of cultural sites from the country for any reason
  12. Cash reserves, endowments or revolving funds; funds must be expended within the award period and may not be used to create an endowment or revolving fund or otherwise spent over many years
  13. Costs of fund-raising campaigns for preservation
  14. Costs for administrative time or materials not directly related to performing project work
  15. Costs of work performed prior to announcement of the award
  16. Contingency or miscellaneous fees
  17. Administrative staff or administrative fees greater than 5% of the overall project costs
  18. International travel, except in cases where travel for outside specialists is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project (international travel will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  19. Projects totaling less than US $10,000
  20. Awards to individuals.

As a general rule, AFCP does not support independent U.S. projects abroad.

Proposal Requirements

As in previous years, project proposals must include or address the following:

  1. Purpose and summary;
  2. Description;
  3. Timeframe;
  4. Statement of significance;
  5. Statement of urgency;
  6. Rationale for U.S. support;
  7. Detailed project budget;
  8. Recipient information;
  9. Resumes of the project director and professional staff;
  10. Official permission to undertake the project;
  11. Other funding sources, if any;
  12. At least three digital images (JPEGs) or audiovisual files of the site, object, or form of expression to be addressed in the proposed project.

Recipients (grantees) must be non-governmental organizations, museums, ministries of culture, or similar institutions. The Center strongly encourages proposals that include local non-U.S. government cost-sharing (including in-kind) from sources such as governments, international organizations, and the private sector.


The deadline for submitting Turkey project proposals is December 04, 2009. Note that this date is earlier than in previous years.  Full implementation of the program is pending the availability of FY 2010 funds.  Proposal must be submitted to the Embassy of the United States in Ankara in electronic format.