U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2019 Large Grants Competition Funding Opportunity

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Cultural Heritage Center is accepting project applications for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2019 Large Grants Competition.  The deadline for submitting applications to the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala is December 14, 2018.

The projects recommended for funding under this program shall advance U.S. foreign policy goals and demonstrate American leadership in the preservation and protection of cultural heritage in support of prosperity and stability around the world.

Minimum for Each Award

US $200,000 per project

Maximum for Each award

US $800,000 per project

I.     Foreign Policy Areas

AFCP will recommend for funding those projects that address one or more of the following strategic goals

A.   Promote American leadership

B.   Renew America’s competitive advantage for sustained economic growth by increasing the global skills of Americans and expanding the reach of U.S. businesses and institutions

C.   Counter foreign government disinformation and foster alternatives to radicalization through international exchange programs

D.   Promote American values, such as tolerance and respect for cultural diversity

II.     Funding Areas:

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:

A.   Preventive conservation (addressing conditions that damage or threaten the site)

B.   Stabilization (reducing the physical disturbance [settling, collapse, etc.] of a site)

C.   Conservation (addressing damage or deterioration to a collection or sites)

D.   Consolidation (connecting or reconnecting elements of a site)

E.   Anastylosis (reassembling a site from its original parts)

F.   Restoration (replacing missing elements to recreate the original appearance of a site, usually appropriate only with fine arts, decorative arts, and historic buildings)

Special Note Regarding Sites and Objects that have a Religious Connection:  The establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution permits the government to include religious objects and sites within an aid program under certain conditions.  For example, an item with a religious connection (including a place of worship) may be the subject of a cultural preservation grant if the item derives its primary significance and is nominated solely on the basis of architectural, artistic, historical, or other cultural (not religious) criteria.

Eligible Project Applicants:  The Center 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 SAM.gov and able to demonstrate that they have the requisite experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage.  Embassies must vet applicants for eligibility, suitability, and reputable performance in cultural preservation or similar activities and ensure that the applicants are able to receive U.S. federal assistance.  The Center requests that embassies consider any country-specific sanctions that might impede project implementation before submitting applications.

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

A.  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

B.   Preservation of natural heritage (physical, biological, and geological formations, paleontological collections, habitats of threatened species of animals and plants, fossils, etc.)

C.   Preservation of hominid or human remains

D.   Preservation of news media (newspapers, newsreels, radio and TV programs, etc.)

E.   Preservation of published materials available elsewhere (books, periodicals, etc.)

F.   Development of curricula or educational materials for classroom use

G.   Archaeological excavations or exploratory surveys for research purposes

H.   Historical research, except in cases where the research is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project

I.    Acquisition or creation of new exhibits, objects, or collections for new or existing museums

J.   Construction of new buildings, building additions, or permanent coverings (over archaeological sites, for example)

K.   Commissions of new works of art or architecture for commemorative or economic development purposes

L.   Creation of new or the modern adaptation of existing traditional dances, songs, chants, musical compositions, plays, or other performances

M.   Creation of replicas or conjectural reconstructions of cultural objects or sites that no longer exist

N.   Relocation of cultural sites from one physical location to another

O.   Removal of cultural objects or elements of cultural sites from the country for any reason

P.   Digitization of cultural objects or collections, unless part of a larger, clearly defined conservation or documentation effort

Q.  Conservation plans or other studies, unless they are one component of a larger project to implement the results of those studies

R.  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)

S.  Costs of fund-raising campaigns

T.  Contingency, unforeseen, or miscellaneous costs or fees

U. Costs of work performed prior to announcement of the award unless allowable per 2 CFR 200.458 and approved by the Grants Officer

V.  International travel, except in cases where travel is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project

W. Travel or study outside the host country for professional development

X.  Individual projects costing less than $200,000

Y.  Independent U.S. projects overseas

The application process for the AFCP Large Grants Program consists of two rounds: Round 1 (project abstract) and Round 2 (full application).  U.S. embassy Guatemala will submit abstracts on behalf of applicants.

Cost Sharing and Other Forms of Cost Participation:  There is no minimum or maximum percentage of cost participation required for this competition.  When an applicant offers cost sharing, it is understood and agreed that the applicant must provide the amount of cost sharing as stipulated in its application and later included in an approved agreement.  The applicant will be responsible for tracking and reporting on any cost share or outside funding, which is subject to audit per 2 CFR 200.  Cost sharing may be in the form of allowable direct or indirect costs.

 DUNS Number and SAM Registration: Applicants must have a Dun & Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, a NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) code, and be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) prior to submitting full applications.  It is mandatory for applicants to have a DUNS and SAM.gov registration unless they meet one of the exemptions specified in the Federal Assistance Directive (http://a.m.state.sbu/sites/OPE/FA/SitePages/Policy.aspx).  Note: The DUNS/NCAGE/SAM.gov process can take weeks/months, especially for non-U.S. applicants.  Applicants may acquire DUNs numbers at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNs number request line at 1-866-705-5711 or by requesting a number online at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform. Non-U.S. based applicants may request a NCAGE code at https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/scage/CageList.aspx. SAM is the official, free on-line registration database for the U.S. government.  SAM.gov replaced the Central Contractor Registration (CCR), the Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), and the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) in July 2012.  SAM.gov collects, validates, stores, and disseminates data in support of federal agency acquisition and grant award mission.  Registration in SAM is free: http://sam.gov

Ineligible Project Applicants:  AFCP does not award grants to individuals, commercial entities, or past award recipients that have not fulfilled the objectives or reporting requirements of previous AFCP awards.


Application Requirements:

See Notice of Funding Opportunity PAS-GUA-FY19-02

All submitted documents must be in English.

Please follow all instructions below carefully. Proposals that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be ineligible.

Please ensure:

  • The proposal clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity
  • All documents are in English
  • All budgets must show costs in U.S. dollars
  • All pages are numbered
  • All documents are formatted to 8 ½ x 11 paper, and
  • All Microsoft Word documents are single-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, with a minimum of 1-inch margins.

All application materials must be submitted by email to GTM-PASGrants@state.gov. Materials submitted by cloud sharing service, portable hard drive, disc, or other shared media will not be reviewed.