Bulgaria: Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2023 Grants Program
The U.S. Embassy in Sofia is pleased to announce the start of the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2023 Grants Program.
The AFCP Grants Program supports the preservation of archaeological sites, historic buildings and monuments, museum collections, and forms of traditional cultural expression, such as indigenous languages and crafts. Appropriate project activities may include:
Anastylosis (reassembling a site from its original parts)
Conservation (addressing damage or deterioration to an object or site)
Consolidation (connecting or reconnecting elements of an object or site)
Documentation (recording in analog or digital format the condition and salient features of an object, site, or tradition)
Inventory (listing of objects, sites, or traditions by location, feature, age, or other unifying characteristic or state)
Preventive Conservation (addressing conditions that threaten or damage a site, object, collection, or tradition)
Restoration (replacing missing elements to recreate the original appearance of an object or site, usually appropriate only with fine arts, decorative arts, and historic buildings)
Stabilization (reducing the physical disturbance of an object or site).
Awards will range from $10,000 to $500,000. The Center anticipates funding 20 to 30 projects worldwide.
Eligible Project Implementers
The Center defines eligible project implementers as reputable and accountable non-commercial entities that can demonstrate they have the requisite capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage.
Eligible implementers may include nongovernmental organizations (NGO’s), museums, educational institutions, ministries of culture, or similar institutions and organizations, including
U.S.-based educational institutions and organizations subject to Section 501(c)(3) of the tax code.
The AFCP will not award grants to individuals, commercial entities, or past award recipients that have not fulfilled the objectives or reporting requirements of previous awards. Potential implementers must be registered and active in the U.S. government’s System for Award Management (SAM) to receive U.S. federal assistance.
If an embassy’s project idea is advanced to Round 2 and the anticipated implementer is not registered in SAM, the embassy should initiate the registration process immediately so that it is in place in the event the project is ultimately selected for an award.
The registration process can take several weeks to complete so it is important to avoid any delay.
AFCP does not support the following activities or costs, and the Center will deem applications requesting AFCP support for any of these activities or costs ineligible:
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.
Preservation of natural heritage (physical, biological, and geological formations, paleontological collections, habitats of threatened species of animals and plants, fossils, etc.) unless the natural heritage has a cultural heritage connection or dimension.
Preservation of hominid or human remains.
Preservation of news media (newspapers, newsreels, radio and TV programs, etc.).
Preservation of published materials available elsewhere (books, periodicals, etc.).
Development of curricula or educational materials for classroom use.
Archaeological excavations or exploratory surveys for research purposes.
Historical research, except in cases where the research is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project.
Acquisition or creation of new exhibits, objects, or collections for new or existing museums.
Construction of new buildings, building additions, or permanent coverings (over archaeological sites, for example).
Commissions of new works of art or architecture for commemorative or economic development purposes.
Creation of new or the modern adaptation of existing traditional dances, songs, chants, musical compositions, plays, or other performances.
Creation of replicas or conjectural reconstructions of cultural objects or sites that no longer exist.
Relocation of cultural sites from one physical location to another.
Removal of cultural objects or elements of cultural sites from the country for any reason.
Digitization of cultural objects or collections, unless part of a larger, clearly defined conservation, documentation, or public diplomacy effort.
Conservation plans or other studies, unless they are one component of a larger project to implement the results of those studies.
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).
Costs of fund-raising campaigns.
Contingency, unforeseen, or miscellaneous costs or fees.
Costs of work performed prior to announcement of the award unless allowable per 2 CFR 200.458 and approved by the Grants Officer.
International travel, except in cases where travel is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project or to provide project leaders with learning and exchange opportunities with cultural heritage experts.
Individual projects costing less than US $10,000 or more than $500,000.
Independent U.S. projects overseas.
For more information, visit https://bg.usembassy.gov/afcp-2023-program-grant-application-announcement/