Funding Opportunity Title:  FY21 Cultural Property Agreement Implementation Grants

Funding Opportunity Number:  PCPAIG-FY2021-GP

Deadlines for Applications: March 1, 2021

CFDA Number:  19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs

Maximum for Each Award: $50,000 – $100,000 Email:

FY21 Cultural Property Agreement Implementation Grants

The U.S. Embassy Amman is pleased to announce the opening of FY21 Cultural Property Agreement Implementation Grants. The competition is administered through the U.S. Cultural Antiquities Task Force (CATF) and is organized through U.S. embassies in countries with which the United States has a signed bilateral cultural property agreement, The U.S. embassy seeks Concept Notes for projects that advance the aims of bilateral agreement or where emergency import restrictions on archaeological and ethnological material are in effect under the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act (19 U.S.C. 2601 et seq) to protect Jordan’s

cultural heritage. Applications for projects that foster cooperation, build best practices, and engage communities will be considered.

Deadline for submitting concept notes is March 1, 2021.

2.Program Objectives: Projects must contribute to the implementation of provisions in emergency determinations or cultural property agreements between the United States and foreign governments. If an action plan to implement a cultural property agreement is in place, then any proposed projects must link directly to a very limited number of activities in the action plan. Text of the U.S.-Jordan MOU is available here: U.S.-Jordan MOU

3. Eligible applicants: Eligible applicants include Institutions of Higher Education, Non-Profit Organizations, Public Entities, museums, relevant government ministries U.S. Non-Profit Organizations 501(c)(3) and U.S. Institutions of Higher Education.

4.Funding areas: Applications for projects that foster cooperation, build best practices, and engage communities through the following types of activities will be considered:

  1.  TRAINING: Build capacity of foreign law enforcement and cultural property managers to protect sites and objects. Examples include country-specific or regional workshops (virtual or in-person) on investigation and interdiction techniques, effective record keeping, the role of the judiciary, increased communication between ministries of culture and law enforcement authorities, and training for cultural heritage stewards.
  2. INVENTORIES: Support the creation and/or maintenance of centralized, digital, and secure inventories of cultural objects and/or sites to better support resource allocation, aid in recovery in cases of theft, and promote public appreciation for cultural heritage preservation and protection.
  3. SITE SECURITY AND PROTECTION: Support practical and sustainable measures to more effectively secure archaeological sites (on land or underwater), museums, libraries, archives, and other collecting institutions against looting, thefts, and vandalism. Examples include development of site security plans, installation of security systems, and training for guards and/or site stewards.
  4. PUBLIC EDUCATION AND OUTREACH FOR CRIME PREVENTION: Support strategies to prevent looting and trafficking through heightened public awareness and outreach. Examples include educational materials, community engagement and media programs, storytelling, distance learning courses, 3D models, virtual experiences like games and AR/VR.
  5. SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS: Support the protection of cultural heritage through economic development and sustainable alternative sources of livelihood to looting and trafficking. Projects would need to couple support from this grant with other relevant funding streams. Examples include the establishment of site stewardship programs with compensated participants and skill building for tour guides and docents, such as English language and storytelling training.


5.Criteria: Each application will be evaluated on its technical eligibility, responsiveness to the CATF program objectives, advancement of U.S. public diplomacy, and the quality of the application contents

6.Competition Format: Eligible embassies will propose projects for funding. The Cultural Heritage Center, with input from the CATF and regional bureaus, will select applicants using a process with two rounds. During Round 1, embassies and potential partners will develop concept notes focused on the public diplomacy objectives that may be accomplished through the proposed project and submit notes by March 1, 2021. In conjunction with potential applicants, Embassies invited to participate in Round 2 will develop the technical aspects of the proposed project and submit a full application by June 23, 2021.

7.Application and submission: Applicants must submit a concept note by March 1, 2021 to their respective Embassy @ If selected, applicant will be asked to submit a full application to compete in round 2. For full Notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) and details on required application (SF-424, SF 424A, SF 424B) and registrations (DUNS number, NCAGE, and valid SAM registration), eligibility, review process, and funding restrictions, please visit the following NOFO

Please wait to fill out full submission application forms until asked.

8. COST SHARING: Not required, but is encouraged

NOTE: Special consideration will be given to proposals with a multi-country/regional focus, those taking advantage of international training centers such as the International Law Enforcement Academies (ILEAs), those attaching cultural heritage themes to other ECA programming, and those encouraging linkages between government agencies (inter-ministerial initiatives) and between governments and the private sector.

For submissions, please submit concept note to by March 1, 2021.

For any inquiries, please reach out to