2020 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation
Proposal Solicitation for Cultural Heritage Site Preservation Projects Costing More than $200,000
The United States Embassy in Georgia is accepting project abstracts for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2020 Large Grants Program.
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: All project abstracts must be submitted on or before Friday, November 29, 2019, 18:00 pm. Applications submitted after 18:00 pm will be ineligible for consideration. Applications should be submitted to TbilisiCultural@state.gov
FUNDING AREAS: The AFCP Large Grants Program supports the preservation of major ancient archaeological sites, historic buildings and monuments, and major museum collections that are accessible to the public and protected by law in the host nation.
FUNDING PRIORITIES: The AFCP Large Grants Program gives top priority to project activities that are appropriate and in keeping with international cultural heritage preservation standards. An appropriate preservation activity is one that protects the values of the site as they are understood by stakeholders. Stakeholders may include national, regional, or local cultural authorities; the local community; and others with vested interests in the site and the outcome of a project. Appropriate project activities may include:
- Preventive conservation (addressing conditions that damage or threaten the site);
- Stabilization (reducing the physical disturbance [settling, collapse, etc.] of a site);
- Conservation (addressing damage or deterioration to a collection of sites);
- Consolidation (connecting or reconnecting elements of a site);
- Anastylosis (reassembling a site from its original parts);
- Restoration (replacing missing elements to recreate the original appearance of a site, usually appropriate only with fine arts, decorative arts, and historic buildings).
PROJECT ABSTRACT REQUIREMENTS:
The project abstract must include the following items:
- Full and complete Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424), including Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424A), Assurances for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424B), and, if applicable, Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL).
- Project Basics, including title, project dates, location, and site.
- Project Applicant information, including contact information, DUNS Number, and SAM registration status.
- Special Designations (national monument, World Heritage Site, etc.).
- Law/s Protecting the Site or Collection (citations only).
- Project Purpose that summarizes the project objectives and desired results.
- Statement of Importance highlighting the historic, architectural, artistic, or cultural (non-religious) values of the site or collection.
ELIGIBLE PROJECT APPLICANTS: Eligible Project Applicants are 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 that they have the requisite experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage.
INELIGIBLE 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 the process but not complete at the time of application;
- 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;
- Creation of new or the 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);
- Costs of fund-raising campaigns;
- Contingency, unforeseen, or miscellaneous costs or fees;
- Costs of work performed prior to the announcement of the award unless allowable;
- 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 $200,000
- Independent U.S. projects overseas.
INELIGIBLE PROJECT APPLICANTS: AFCP does not award grants to individuals, commercial entities, or past award recipients which have not fulfilled the objectives or reporting requirements of previous AFCP awards.
AWARD INFORMATION: Minimum Amount of Awards: $200,000 per project. Since 2008 awards made through this program for new large-scale projects have ranged from $200,000 to $800,000 with an average award amount of $600,000.
An information session for the 2020 cycle of the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation program will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2019, at 4 PM at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi.
Please contact us on or before Friday, November 15, 2019, to reserve your place via email TbilisiCultural@state.gov;