Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation

Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation

The United States Embassy in Uzbekistan announces the competition for the 2018 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP)

The deadline for submitting proposals is January 5, 2018

Created by Congress in 2001, the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation provides grants to preserve historic sites, artifacts, manuscripts and museum collections, as well as traditional forms of expression, such as music, dance, and language. Administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, the Ambassador’s Fund has already provided nearly $500,000 to support twelve significant preservation projects in Uzbekistan.

Cultural Preservation awards are based on the importance of the site, object or traditional form of expression to be preserved as well as the urgency of its preservation need. Government agencies, cultural organizations, educational institutions, NGOs and museums can submit proposals. After reviewing the proposals, the Embassy submits the most compelling ones to the State Department for final consideration. Awards are generally announced during the summer. For further information, please visit  and our website

AFCP Program supports projects to preserve cultural heritage in the following three areas:

  • A.   CULTURAL SITES — such as, but not limited to, historic buildings and archaeological sites;
  • B.   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,
  • C.   FORMS OF TRADITIONAL CULTURAL EXPRESSION — such as traditional music, indigenous languages, and crafts.

Proposals for projects that meet one or more of the following criteria will receive consideration:

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

Please note that the following types of projects are not eligible:

  • 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;
  • 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 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 $10,000;
  • Independent U.S. projects overseas.

Questions regarding the application process can be addressed to (marked as “AFCP question” in the subject line).

Please submit proposals in English, Russian or Uzbek as a Microsoft word attachment to: no later than January 5, 2018. Subject line should read “AFCP proposal.”