U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation 2020 Large Grants Program – Egypt

Deadline: 5 December 2019

The Cultural Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo is seeking project applications for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2020 Large Grants Competition.

The AFCP Large Grant competition is a competition between projects from all eligible countries for funding and five to 10 projects will be funded worldwide. If, following the technical review, rating, and ranking of abstracts, projects from Egypt are invited to advance to Round 2, the Cultural Office will work with selected applicants to submit full project proposals no later than January 21, 2020.

Funding Information

AFCP Large Grants range from a floor of $200,000 to a maximum of $800,000 per project.

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 country. Appropriate project activities may include:

  • Preventive conservation (addressing conditions that damage or threaten the site);
  • Stabilization (reducing the physical disturbance [e.g., settling, collapse] 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);

Priorities
Applications for projects that do one or more of the following will receive additional consideration in FY 2020:

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  • Support U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations;
  • Support disaster risk reduction for cultural heritage in disaster-prone areas;
  • Support post-disaster cultural heritage recovery;
  • Preserve World Heritage sites;
  • Partner, connect with or feed into other programs supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Center defines eligible project applicants as reputable and accountable non-commercial entities 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;
  • This may include 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;
  • Past AFCP award recipients may submit applications for continuation funds under this opportunity;
  • 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 AFCP awards;
  • AFCP does not award grants to individuals, commercial entities, or to embassies or past award recipients which have not fulfilled the reporting requirements of previous AFCP awards.

Ineligible Activities

  • AFCP does 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 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 unless allowable per 2 CFR 200.458 and approved by the Grants Officer;
  • 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.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted electronically via given website.

Eligible Countries: Egypt, United States.

For more information, please visit https://eg.usembassy.gov/education-culture/afcp/

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