Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Large Grant Competition

The U.S. Embassy in Beirut is now accepting project proposals for the 2019 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Small and Large grant competitions.  The application deadline is Sunday, November 18, 2018. Full implementation of the AFCP 2019 program is pending the availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 funds and an approved financial plan.  Please submit your proposals to Public Diplomacy Beirut for AFCP 2019 or for any questions related to this competition at


Through the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), the U.S. Department of State helps countries around the globe preserve cultural and religious patrimony including historic sites, manuscripts, museum collections, and traditional forms of expression such as music, dance, and language.  The AFCP, established by the U.S. Congress in 2001 to assist countries in preserving their cultural heritage, is the only U.S. Government program providing direct grant support to heritage preservation.  The AFCP emphasizes the United States’ commitment to preserving the world’s cultural heritage and affirms that preservation is an integral component of U.S. foreign relations.


AFCP bureau defines eligible project applicants 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, that are registered and active in and able to demonstrate that they have the requisite experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage.

AFCP Large Grant Competition Information:

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 at $200,000 of support, and up to $800,000 of support.

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 to before Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 11:59 PM.  Applications submitted after this time will be ineligible for consideration.  Applicants will be notified in January 2019, whether to submit full project proposals for Round 2.


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:

  1. Preventive conservation (addressing conditions that damage or threaten the site)
  2. Stabilization (reducing the physical disturbance [settling, collapse, etc.] of a site)
  3. Conservation (addressing damage or deterioration to a collection or sites)
  4. Consolidation (connecting or reconnecting elements of a site)
  5. Anastylosis (reassembling a site from its original parts)
  6. Restoration (replacing missing elements to recreate the original appearance of a site, usually appropriate only with fine arts, decorative arts, and historic buildings)


DEADLINE: Sunday, November 18, 2018

The project abstract must include the following items:

  1. Full and complete Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424), including Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424A), Assurances for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424B), and, if applicable, Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL)
  2. Project Basics, including title, project dates, location, and site.
  3. Project Applicant information, including contact information, DUNS Number, and SAM registration status. NOTE: Applicants may acquire DUNs numbers at no cost by requesting a number online at Non-U.S. based applicants may request a NCAGE code at  and Registration in SAM is at no cost at
  4. Special Designations (National Monument, World Heritage Site, etc.)
  5. Law/s Protecting the Site or Collection (citations only).
  6. Project Purpose that summarizes the project objectives and desired results.
  7. Statement of Importance highlighting the historic, architectural, artistic, or cultural (non-religious) values of the site or collection.
  8. At a minimum and required, five (5) high quality digital images (JPEGs) or audiovisual files that convey the nature and condition of the site or collection and show the urgency or need for the proposed project (collapsing walls, water damage, etc.)

 Click here to download the required forms:


AFCP does not support the following activities or costs, and will deem applications involving any of these activities or costs ineligible:

  1. 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
  2. Preservation of natural heritage (physical, biological, and geological formations, paleontological collections, habitats of threatened species of animals and plants, fossils, etc.)
  3. Preservation of hominid or human remains
  4. Preservation of news media (newspapers, newsreels, radio and TV programs, etc.)
  5. Preservation of published materials available elsewhere (books, periodicals, etc.)
  6. Development of curricula or educational materials for classroom use
  7. Archaeological excavations or exploratory surveys for research purposes
  8. Historical research, except in cases where the research is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project
  9. Acquisition or creation of new exhibits, objects, or collections for new or existing museums
  10. Construction of new buildings, building additions, or permanent coverings (over archaeological sites, for example)
  11. Commissions of new works of art or architecture for commemorative or economic development purposes
  12. Creation of new or the modern adaptation of existing traditional dances, songs, chants, musical compositions, plays, or other performances
  13. Creation of replicas or conjectural reconstructions of cultural objects or sites that no longer exist
  14. Relocation of cultural sites from one physical location to another
  15. Removal of cultural objects or elements of cultural sites from the country for any reason
  16. Digitization of cultural objects or collections, unless part of a larger, clearly defined conservation or documentation effort
  17. Conservation plans or other studies, unless they are one component of a larger project to implement the results of those studies
  18. 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)
  19. Costs of fund-raising campaigns
  20. Contingency, unforeseen, or miscellaneous costs or fees
  21. Costs of work performed prior to announcement of the award unless allowable per 2 CFR 200.458 and approved by the Grants Officer
  22. International travel, except in cases where travel is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project
  23. Travel or study outside the host country for professional development
  24. Individual projects costing less than $200,000
  25. Independent U.S. projects overseas