U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2021 Grants Program

The U.S. Embassy in Amman, with the Cultural Heritage Center (“the Center”) in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State, is pleased to announce the start of the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2021 Grants Program. There are several important changes to the program during this cycle:

– The Center is combining the small and large grant programs into a single program. Pending availability of funds, awards will range from $10,000 to $500,000.

– The application process will proceed in two rounds, reducing the amount of information required up front.  The first streamlined round will collect project ideas in the form of concept notes, due November 15, 2020.  In Round 2, those with promising ideas will be asked to submit full project applications, due in March of 2021.

– AFCP is an international program made available for countries based on their rankings in the 2019 U.N. Human Development Index.  Hence, this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is available worldwide on Grants.gov.  U.S Embassies and consulates around the world are also conducting their own local competitions.

– The Center has expertise in cultural preservation and is available to work with embassies and their prospective implementing partners to help them refine project concepts for resubmission to future cycles of the AFCP grants program or to help them transform promising ideas into effective project designs in preparation for a Round 2 submission.  The Center’s team of cultural heritage preservation experts can provide direct, hands-on guidance and support or organize design workshops for embassy implementing partners, including new or small organizations with limited experience.

For the full application instructions: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=ambassadors%20fund

Concept notes are due November 15, 2020.  Please submit concept notes at AmmanAFCPgrants@state.gov.