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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.

January 1, 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,  the AFCP has awarded funds to 13 projects which have helped to support the preservation of cultural sites in Guatemala:

Selection Process:

There are two stages in the selection process for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP):

  1. Each year, the Cultural Heritage Center (CHC) 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, generally in the month of October.
  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 will ultimately be approved.

The 2022 AFCP call for applications will be open from November 5, 2021, to December 5, 2021.

On November 23., 2021, at 3:00 p.m. Guatemalan time, the Walt Whitman American Center will host a webinar to explain the AFCP application process. The webinar will be conducted in Spanish. Registration at this link:  https://bit.ly/InscripciónFondodelEmbajador2022 (Form available only in Spanish).

All information necessary to apply will be posted here: 2022 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP)