Call for Proposals: U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

The U.S. Embassy South Africa and the Cultural Heritage Center of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department are pleased to announce the 2016 call for proposals for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Competition.

The U.S. Mission to South Africa is calling for proposals for projects to preserve cultural heritage.

Intentions to submit a proposal are accepted until December 10, 2015. Shortlisted institutions will be invited to submit final and complete proposals by January 15, 2016.

The AFCP competition for South Africa aims to preserve cultural sites or objects and museum collections of historical or cultural significance to South Africa. This award is considered to be an important contribution to the preservation of world cultural heritage. Individual awards can range from $10,000 to $200,000. This call for proposals is divided into two phases: letter of intent due December 10 and final proposals from shortlisted institutions due January 15.

Phase 1: The deadline to submit a letter of intent to submit a proposal is Thursday, December 10, 2015. The letter of intent can be submitted through the Public Affairs Offices in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban. The letter of intent should include the title, project dates, and a short description of the project. The Public Affairs Office will evaluate the statements of intent and invite qualifying projects to submit complete proposals.

Phase 2: The Public Affairs Office will invite shortlisted institutions to submit final proposals by January 15, 2016. Final Proposals must be submitted in English in electronic format to the following email addresses: Amy Christianson, ChristiansonAL@state.gov and Sheila Goodgall GoodgallSE@state.gov ; Subject: The Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation 2016. The main project proposal document should be in Microsoft Word format but attachments can be sent as jpeg or pdf files.

Application Requirements:

AFCP gives top priority to project activities that are appropriate and in keeping with international standards for the preservation of cultural heritage. These activities may involve:

  • Cultural Sites, such as, but not limited to, historic buildings and archaeological sites;
  • Cultural Objects and Collections from a museum, site, or similar institution – that include, but are not limited to, archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculpture, manuscripts and general museum conservation needs; and
  • Forms of Traditional Cultural Expression, documentation and audiovisual recording of traditional music and dance forms for preservation and eventual dissemination, indigenous languages, or support for training in the preservation of traditional arts or crafts in danger of extinction.

Special priorities of 2016 competition:

  • Directly support U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations, such as cultural property protection agreements;
  • Support the preservation of inscribed World Heritage sites;
  • Support risk reduction and disaster preparedness for cultural sites and collections in seismically active and other disaster-prone areas; and
  • Engage women, youth, or under-served communities.

Eligible Projects:

AFCP 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 that are able to demonstrate that they have the requisite experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage.

Submissions:

Intentions to submit a proposal are accepted until December 10, 2015 and must be submitted through the Public Affairs Offices in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban. Shortlisted institutions will be invited to submit final and complete proposals by January 15, 2016. Final proposals must be submitted in English in electronic format to the following email addresses: Amy Christianson, ChristiansonAL@state.gov and Sheila Goodgall GoodgallSE@state.gov ; Subject: The Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation 2016. The main project proposal document should be in Microsoft Word format but attachments can be sent as jpeg or pdf files.

For further details please visit: https://za.usembassy.gov/cultural-preservation/

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