Funding brief: The U.S. Embassy in Dhaka is now accepting Expression of Interest (EoI) statements for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) fiscal year 2020 competition. Interested institutions are urged to consult with the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy as soon as possible for details and guidance on the AFCP 2020 competition.
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 include, but are not limited to, archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, and general museum conservation needs; and
● FORMS OF TRADITIONAL CULTURAL EXPRESSION—such as traditional music, indigenous languages, and crafts.
FUNDING PRIORITIES: Applications for projects that directly support one or more of the following will receive additional consideration in FY 2020:
● U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations, such as cultural property agreements;
● Disaster risk reduction for cultural heritage in disaster-prone areas;
● Post-disaster cultural heritage recovery;
● Preservation of inscribed World Heritage Sites; and
● Partner connect with or feed into other ECA programs.
SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING 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.
Donor Name: US Embassy In Dhaka
Funding name: AFCP Small Grant Program FY 2020
Deadline: The deadline for submitting EoI to the U.S. Embassy is Friday, December, 6th, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Submissions received after this date will not be considered. A limited number of applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by Sunday, December, 15th, 2019.
Funding details link: Click to view
Funding limit: Floor on Amount of Individual Awards: U.S. $10,000 per project • Ceiling on Amount of Individual Awards: U.S. $200,000 per project In FY 2019, awards made through this program ranged from U.S. $25,000 to U.S. $200,000.
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
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Project duration: Not found
Eligible organization: As below
Eligibility: The Cultural Heritage 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, including U.S.-based organizations subject to Section 501(c)(3) of the tax code, that are registered and active in SAM.gov and able to demonstrate requisite experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage.
INELIGIBILE ACTIVITIES AND UNALLOWABLE COSTS: AFCP will NOT support the following activities or costs, and applications involving any of the activities or costs below will be deemed ineligible:
● 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 proposal submission;
● Preservation of natural heritage (physical, biological, and geological formations, paleontological collections, habitats of threatened species of animals and plants, fossils, etc.);
● Preservation of hominid or human remains;
● Preservation of news media (newspapers, newsreels, radio and TV programs, etc.);
● Preservation of published materials available elsewhere (books, periodicals, etc.);
● Development of curricula or educational materials for classroom use;
● Archaeological excavations or exploratory surveys for research purposes;
● Historical research, except in cases where the research is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project;
● Acquisition or creation of new exhibits, objects, or collections for new or existing museums;
● Construction of new buildings, building additions, or permanent coverings (over archaeological sites, for example);
● Commissions of new works of art or architecture for commemorative or economic development purposes; l
● Creation of a new or modern adaptation of existing traditional dances, songs, chants, musical compositions, plays, or other performances;
● Creation of replicas or conjectural reconstructions of cultural objects or sites that no longer exist;
● Relocation of cultural sites from one physical location to another;
● Removal of cultural objects or elements of cultural sites from the country for any reason;
● Digitization of cultural objects or collections, unless part of a larger, clearly defined conservation or documentation effort;
● Conservation plans or other studies, unless they are one component of a larger project to implement the results of those studies;
● 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); s. Costs of fund-raising campaigns;
● Contingency, unforeseen, or miscellaneous costs or fees;
● Costs of work performed prior to announcement of the award;
● International travel, except in cases where travel is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project;
● Travel or study outside the host country for professional development;
● Individual projects costing less than U.S. $10,000; and
● Independent U.S. projects overseas.
INELIGIBLE PROJECT APPLICANTS: AFCP does not award grants to individuals, commercial entities, embassies or past award recipients which have not fulfilled reporting requirements of previous AFCP awards.
Using a point-based system (below), the Cultural Heritage Center will rate all applications based on the program funding priorities; the quality, soundness, and comprehensiveness of the proposed project and budget; the urgency of the proposed project; the quality and quantity of supporting materials, such as resumes of the key project participants, images of the resource, and notices of official permission from the responsible resource steward, such as a ministry of culture.
Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)
Submission mail: DhakaGrants@state.gov
Other important link:
● Guideline: Click to view
How to apply: All EoI must be submitted via e-mail [DhakaGrants@state.gov]. Only selected applicants will be asked to submitted full proposal by Sunday, December 15, 2019, via e-mail [DhakaGrants@state.gov] and must include complete information as described in the requirements below. Proposals including supporting documents (if any) must be in English.
Expression of Interest (EoI) Statement Requirements:
● Not to exceed two typed pages and must be written in English.
● Approximate budget in USD. (This may be modified if a full proposal is requested.)
● Attachments and supporting documents including, at a minimum and REQUIRED, five (5) high quality digital images (JPEGs) or audiovisual files that conveys the nature and condition of the site, object, or form of expression and, in the case of a site or object, show the urgency for the proposed project (collapsing wall, water damage, worn fabric, broken handle, etc.), any historic structure reports, conservation needs assessments, and other planning documents for the proposed project.
● For final submission of proposals, please mail all required documents to Dhaka Grants Committee at DhakaGrants@state.gov.Visit all Funding opportunities: Click to view
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