The Cultural Heritage Center in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia are pleased to announce the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2021 Grants Program.
This competitive global fund was established to help countries preserve cultural heritage and to demonstrate U.S. respect for other cultures. The projects selected to receive funding under this program will advance U.S. diplomatic goals and demonstrate the depth of U.S. respect for the cultural heritage of Tunisia. The Fund is aimed at preserving cultural sites or objects that have a historical or cultural significance to the cultural heritage of Tunisia.
- Length of Performance Period: 12 to 60 months;
- Number of Awards Anticipated: 30-40 awards per year worldwide (dependent on amounts);
- Award Amounts: Awards may range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $500,000.
The AFCP 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 country. 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 or 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).
- The Cultural Heritage Center defines eligible project implementers as reputable and accountable non-commercial entities that can demonstrate they have the requisite capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage. Eligible implementers may include non-governmental organizations, museums, educational institutions, Ministry of Culture, or similar institutions and organizations, including U.S.-based education institutions and organizations subject to Section 501(c)(3) of the tax code. The AFCP will not award grants to individuals, commercial entities, or past award recipients that have not fulfilled the objectives or reporting requirements of previous awards.