U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2020 Small Grants Application Guide

Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

2020 SMALL GRANTS COMPETITION

US Embassy Port Moresby is calling for proposals for projects to preserve cultural heritage

The deadline for submitting proposal is December 20, 2019

The U.S. Embassy Port Moresby and the Cultural Heritage Center of the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State are pleased to announce the call for proposals for the 2020 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Competition.

AFCP was established to support countries in preserving their cultural heritage and to demonstrate U.S. respect for other cultures. The projects selected to receive funding under this program will advance U.S. diplomatic goals and demonstrate the depth of U.S. respect for the cultural heritage of developing countries. The AFCP provides funding to preserve cultural sites or objects that have a historical or cultural significance to the cultural heritage of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Of particular interest are projects that support risk reduction and disaster preparedness for cultural sites and collections in seismically-active and other disaster- prone areas as well as projects that empower women, youth or under-served communities.

Grants usually range from $10,000 to $200,000, but may be higher for exceptional projects.

The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, December 20, 2019, at 4:30pm PNG time. Application form and all required attachments must be submitted in English in electronic format to the following address:

 Email:   pdportmoresby@state.gov (Subject: AFCP – 2020 Small Grants Competition)

Please note that only the successful applicants will be contacted. Due to the volume of applicants and inquiries, we don`t accept letters of intent, concept papers, or requests for meetings or phone calls prior to application.

In 2019, awards made through this program ranged from US $25,000 to US $200,000.

Budget:

  • Floor on Amount of Individual Awards: US $10,000 per project
  • Ceiling on Amount of Individual Awards: $200,000 per project

Application Requirements: Through the AFCP Program, the Department of State supports projects to preserve cultural heritage in the following three areas:

  • CULTURAL SITES—such as, but not limited to, historic buildings and archaeological sites;
  • CULTURAL OBJECTS AND COLLECTIONS from a museum, site, or similar institution—that includes, but are not limited to, archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, and general museum conservation needs; and,
  • FORMS OF TRADITIONAL CULTURAL EXPRESSION—such as traditional music, indigenous languages, and crafts.

Special priorities of 2020 competition:

  • Directly support U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations, such as cultural property protection agreements;
  • Support the preservation of inscribed UNESCO World Heritage sites;
  • Support disaster risk reduction for cultural heritage and post-disaster cultural heritage recovery in seismically active and other disaster-prone areas; and
  • Engage women, youth, or under-served communities.

Eligibility: The Center defines eligible project applicants as 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.

AFCP will NOT support the following activities or costs:

  1. Preservation or purchase of privately or commercially owned cultural objects, collections, or real property, including those whose transfer from private or commercial to public ownership is envisioned, planned, or in process but not complete at the time of application;
  2. Preservation of natural heritage (physical, biological, and geological formations, paleontological collections, habitats of threatened species of animals and plants, fossils, etc.);
  3. Preservation of hominid or human remains;
  4. Preservation of news media (newspapers, newsreels, radio and TV programs, etc.);
  5. Preservation of published materials available elsewhere (books, periodicals, etc.);
  6. Development of curricula or educational materials for classroom use;
  7. Archaeological excavations or exploratory surveys for research purposes;
  8. Historical research, except in cases where the research is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project;
  9. Acquisition or creation of new exhibits, objects, or collections for new or existing museums;
  10. Construction of new buildings, building additions, or permanent coverings (over archaeological sites, for example);
  11. Commissions of new works of art or architecture for commemorative or economic development purposes;
  12. Creation of new or the modern adaptation of existing traditional dances, songs, chants, musical compositions, plays, or other performances;
  13. Creation of replicas or conjectural reconstructions of cultural objects or sites that no longer exist;
  14. Relocation of cultural sites from one physical location to another;
  15. Removal of cultural objects or elements of cultural sites from the country for any reason;
  16. Digitization of cultural objects or collections, unless part of a larger, clearly defined conservation or documentation effort;
  17. Conservation plans or other studies, unless they are one component of a larger project to implement the results of those studies;
  18. Cash reserves, endowments, or revolving funds (funds must be expended within the award period [up to five years] and may not be used to create an endowment or revolving fund);
  19. Costs of fund-raising campaigns;
  20. Contingency, unforeseen, or miscellaneous costs or fees;
  21. Costs of work performed prior to announcement of the award unless allowable per 2 CFR 200.458 and approved by the grants officer;
  22. International travel, except in cases where travel is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project;
  23. Travel or study outside the host country for professional development;
  24. Individual projects costing less than $10,000;
  25. Independent U.S. projects overseas.