Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

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

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 several projects from Guatemala have won these Grants, these include the Conservation of Classic Period Maya Cave Paintings in Naj Tunich Archaeological Park in Petén (2018), the Preventive Conservation of the Cortes Textile Collection at the Ixchel Museum (2013) and the Conservation of the 3rd-Century Maya Site of Kaminaljuyú (2012) among others.

The 2019 AFCP Application process is closed and will open in late 2020. All the required information will be posted in this page and on the Embassy’s Social Media.


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, ministries of culture, NGOs, and  other qualified entities.  The CHC coordinates the review of proposals and recommends projects for funding.  Funding opportunities are announced in  the fall, and awards are announced in the summer.