Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation
The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) supports the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects, and forms of traditional cultural expression in more than 100 developing countries around the world.
The window to apply typically opens in November. The application deadline is December 1, 2019.
AFCP-supported projects include the restoration of ancient and historic buildings, assessment and conservation of rare manuscripts and museum collections, preservation and protection of important archaeological sites, and the documentation of vanishing traditional craft techniques and indigenous languages.
Cultural heritage endures as a reminder of the contributions and historical experiences of humanity. By taking a leading role in efforts to preserve cultural heritage, the United States shows its respect for other cultures.
AFCP in Russia
The U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation has supported five projects in Russia since the program’s establishment in 2001:
2006-2007: Preservation of a former GULAG Camp in Perm, $28,060
2007-2008: Preservation of the 18th-century wooden Voronin-Mekhov House in Uglich, $29,625
2008-2009: Preservation and training in traditional crafts of the indigenous Mansi people, $20,000
2009-2010: Restoration of the late 17th-century Church of the Icon of the Mother of God of the Sign in Dubrovitsky in Podolsk, $81,990
2010-2012: Preservation of traditional 19th-century log house of the Vologda State Historical and Architectural Museum in Vologda, $100,000
2019-02020: Preservation of the lighthouse church in Krokhino
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The lighthouse church in Krokhino is sinking. Support from the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation will help save the lighthouse church.
Government agencies, cultural organizations, educational institutions, NGOs, and individuals may submit proposals. Applications must be received at AFCPRussia@state.gov by by midnight Sunday, December 1, 2020. The competition will be awarded pending notification of funding. Application requirements are subject to change.
The competition is divided into two funding opportunities:
Small Grants Opportunity ($10,000-$200,000 per project)
The Small Grants Opportunity of the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation was established by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in 2001 to help countries preserve their cultural heritage and to demonstrate U.S. respect for different cultures around the world. The minimum amount for Individual Awards is US $10,000 per project. The maximum amount for Individual Awards is $200,000 per project. Please note that this program is separate from the AFCP large grants process.
More information and application guidelines for the Small Grants Opportunity
Large Grants Opportunity ($200,000-$800,000 per project)
The Large Grants Opportunity of the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation was established by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to help countries preserve their cultural heritage and to demonstrate U.S. respect for different cultures around the world. The minimum on the Amount of Awards for the large grants program is U.S. $200,000. The maximum amount for Awards is $800,000 per project. In 2018, 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. Please note that this program is separate from the AFCP small grants process.
More information and application guidelines for the Large Grants Opportunity
Notification of Funding
After reviewing the proposals, the U.S. Ambassador to Russia will choose and submit the most compelling proposals to the State Department for final consideration. Applicants will be notified of the embassy’s selection by Friday, February 14, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. Final notification of selection by the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Cultural Heritage Center is expected in late spring or summer 2020.
For further information about AFCP worldwide, please visit:
For further information on the competition in Russia, please contact AFCPRussia@state.gov.