U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation
1) Support the preservation of cultural heritage overseas
2) Show respect for the cultural heritage of other countries
3) Support U.S. diplomatic objectives and foreign policy goals.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of State
Office: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (Fulbright-Hays Act), Public Law 87-256; Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, Public Law 87-195.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation supports the preservation of cultural heritage in more than 130 eligible countries around the world. Eligible entities may apply through U.S. embassies for fund support for the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects and collections, and forms of traditional cultural expression (intangible heritage).
Eligible countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo (Democratic Republic of the), Congo (Republic of), Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome & Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Proposal must include a letter or other document granting official permission to undertake the project. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Organizations interested in applying for support from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation must apply through the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in the country where the proposed project is to take place.
Following submission through U.S. embassies, applications for support from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation undergo a comprehensive screening, rating, ranking, and selection process. U.S. embassies announce award recipients.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals are selected based on the criteria specified in the annual Request for Grant Proposals and based on proposal quality and project merit. Proposals may be deemed ineligible if they do not fully adhere to U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation program priorities, eligibility and proposal requirements, application procedures, and restrictions.
How may assistance be used?
The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation supports activities that contribute to the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects and collections, and forms of traditional cultural expression (intangible heritage). These activities may involve: in the case of CULTURAL SITES, restoration of an historic building, an archaeological survey as a component of a preservation plan, preservation management planning for a site, or documentation of sites in a region for preservation purposes; in the case of CULTURAL OBJECTS AND COLLECTIONS, conservation treatment for an object or collection of objects; needs assessment of a collection with respect to its condition and strategies for improving its state of conservation; inventory of a collection for conservation purposes; the creation of safe environments for storage or display of collections; or specialized training in the preservation and protection of oollections; in the case of FORMS OF TRADITIONAL CULTURAL EXPRESSION, documentation and audiovisual recording of traditional music and dance forms for preservation and eventual dissemination, or support for training in the preservation of traditional arts or crafts that are threatened by extinction. An appropriate preservation activity is one that protects the values of the site, object or collection, or form of traditional cultural expression 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. The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation does not support the following:
- 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 or collections for new or existing museums;
- Construction of new buildings 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 re-creation 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 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;
- Indirect costs or operating expenses, i.e. expenses incurred during the day-to-day operational activities of an organization, such as office rent, utilities, license fees, and other costs for administrative time, services, or materials not directly related to performing project work;
- 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 for professional development;
- Individual projects costing less than $10,000;
- Independent U.S. projects overseas. Discretionary funds: 100%.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Recipients are required to submit quarterly financial reports and biannual progress reports covering the periods January-June and July-December for the duration of the project. Recipients are required to submit final reports upon completion of projects. Cash reports are not applicable. Recipients are required to submit biannual progress reports covering the periods January-June and July-December for the duration of the project. Recipients are required to submit final reports upon completion of projects. Recipients are required to submit quarterly financial reports covering the periods January-March, April-June, July-September, and October-December for the duration of the project. Recipients are required to submit final financial reports upon completion of projects. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Recipients are expected to retain records for a period of three years after the submission of the final expenditure report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements. Matching and other forms of cost participation encouraged but not required.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Maximum of 5 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance customarily released in a minimum of three installments tied to project benchmarks.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. For more information, contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. embassy in the country where the project is to take place.
Martin J. Perschler, ECA/P/C, SA-5, C2, Department of State, Washington, District of Columbia 20522-0582 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (202) 632-6308 Fax: (202) 632-6300.
19-0000-0-0-000 - Varies by U.S. embassy.
(Project Grants) FY 13 $5,750,000; FY 14 est $5,750,000; and FY 15 est $5,750,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards in Fiscal Year 2013 ranged from $10,000 to $700,000 with an average award amount of $109,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2013: South Africa: Conservation of the Historical Collections of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg ($103,000). Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available