AFCP Large Grants Program

The US Embassy is launching the AFCP LARGE GRANTS PROGRAM. It supports the preservation of major ancient archaeological sites, historic buildings and monuments, and museum collections that are accessible to the public and protected by law in the host country.  New projects are eligible starting to $500,000 of support.  Projects previously supported by AFCP are eligible for up to $200,000 of support.

Eligible project applicants are defined as reputable and accountable non-commercial entities, such as 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.

The application process for the AFCP Large Grants Program takes place in two rounds: Project Abstracts (Round 1) and Full Project Proposal (Round 2). Applicants must submit Project Abstracts for Round 1 via email Click Word document (16kb) or PDF document (288Kb) for guidance on submitting a proposal. Project Abstracts must be submitted before January 30, 2015, 11:59 Am. Applications submitted after 11:59 AM will be ineligible for consideration. Applicants will be notified on or around February 20, 2015, whether to submit full project proposals for Round 2. Full project proposals must be submitted on or before March 16, 2015, 11:59 AM.

FUNDING PRIORITIES:                 

The AFCP Large Grants Program gives top priority to project activities that are appropriate and in keeping with international cultural heritage preservation standards. An appropriate preservation activity is one that protects the values of the site 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. Appropriate project activities may include:

  • Preventive conservation (mitigating or removing the conditions that damage or threaten the site);
  • Stabilization (reducing the physical disturbance (settling, collapse, etc.) of elements 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); or
  • Restoration (replacing missing elements to recreate the original appearance of a site, usually appropriate only with fine arts, decorative arts, and historic buildings.)

Should you have additional questions, please contact Public Diplomacy by phone (04-542600 ext. 4275) or email (

Please note, proposals cannot be accepted for any of the following types of projects:

A.      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;

B.      Preservation of natural heritage (physical, biological, and geological formations, paleontological collections, habitats of threatened species of animals and plants, fossils, etc.);

C.      Preservation of hominid or human remains;

D.      Preservation of news media (newspapers, newsreels, radio and TV programs, etc.);

E.       Preservation of published materials available elsewhere (books, periodicals, etc.);

F.       Development of course curricula or educational materials for classroom use;

G.     Archaeological excavations or exploratory surveys for research purposes;

H.      Historical research, except in cases where the research is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project;

I.        Acquisition or creation of new collections for new or existing museums;

J.        Construction of new buildings or permanent coverings (over archaeological sites, for example);

K.      Commissions of new works of art or architecture for commemorative or economic development purposes;

L.       Creation of new or the modern adaptation of existing traditional dances, songs, chants, musical compositions, plays, or other performances;

M.    Creation of replicas or re-creation of cultural objects or sites that no longer exist;

N.     Relocation of cultural sites from one physical location to another;

O.     Removal of cultural objects or elements of cultural sites from the country for any reason;

P.      Digitization of cultural objects or collections, unless part of a larger, clearly defined conservation effort;

Q.     Conservation plans or other studies, unless they are one component of a larger project to implement the results of those studies;

R.      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);

S.       Costs of fund-raising campaigns;

T.       Contingency, unforeseen, or miscellaneous costs or fees;

U.     Costs of work performed prior to announcement of the award;

V.      International travel, except in cases where travel is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project;

W.    Travel or study for professional development;

X.      Individual projects costing less than $500,000 unless they are continuations of projects supported previously through AFCP;

Y.       Independent U.S. projects overseas.