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Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation
Naj Tunich Caves, located in Petén.

Foot note: Image of the AFCP 2018 awarded grant to preserve the Naj Tunich Caves, located in Petén.

November 21, 2022

The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) supports the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects, and forms of traditional cultural expression in more than 100 developing countries around the world. AFCP-supported projects include the restoration of ancient and historic buildings, assessment and conservation of rare manuscripts and museum collections, preservation and protection of important archaeological sites, and the documentation of vanishing traditional craft techniques and indigenous languages.

Since 2001, 13 projects in Guatemala have received and implemented AFCP grants to help support the preservation of important cultural sites:

Selection Process:

There are two stages in the AFCP selection process:

  1. Each year, the Cultural Heritage Center (CHC) of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) invites U.S. ambassadors serving in eligible countries to submit project proposals for cultural heritage preservation projects on behalf of museums, NGOs, and other qualified entities. Through its Cultural Affairs section, the U.S. Embassy opens a call for applications for a specified time period at some point the last quarter of the year.
  2. The project selected by the U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala is then sent to the CHC in Washington, D.C., which coordinates review of all proposals from participating countries and selects the projects that may ultimately be approved.

The 2023 AFCP call for applications will be open from December 5, 2022, to January 5, 2023.

All information necessary to apply will be posted here: 2023 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP)