U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2021 Grants – Thailand
The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce the 2021 call for proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Grants Program Funding Opportunity.
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AFCP has helped preserve cultural sites, cultural objects, and forms of traditional cultural expression in Thailand and 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.
The AFCP 2021 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.
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Under the AFCP Grants Program, the minimum funding available for individual projects is US$10,000 per project and the maximum amount is US$500,000 per project.
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).
Specific to the AFCP 2021 Grants Program annual competition, proposals for projects that directly support one or more of the following will receive additional consideration:
Directly support U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations;
Directly support U.S. policies, strategies and objectives in a country as stated in the Integrated Country Strategy or other U.S. government planning documents;
Support disaster risk reduction for cultural heritage in disaster-prone areas or post-disaster cultural heritage recovery;
Support conflict resolution and help communities bridge differences;
Partner, connect with, or feed into other ECA or public diplomacy programs.
Application Review Process
Concept note review and selection (Round 1): ECA will determine which project ideas advance to the Round 2 application stage based on the following criteria:
anticipated preservation and public diplomacy impacts;
potential contributions to U.S. foreign policy;
potential contributions to host-country or community objectives and aims.
On or around January 13, 2021, ECA will notify embassies of the Round 1 results and invite a subset to submit full project proposals to Round 2.
For more information, visit https://th.usembassy.gov/afcp-2021/