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U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2022 Grants Program (Guatemala)

U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2022 Grants Program (Guatemala)


For Guatemala, the 2023 AFCP call for applications will be open from December 5, 2022, to January 5, 2023.

The Cultural Heritage Center (“the Center”) in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is pleased to announce the start of the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2022 Grants Program.

Each year, there are discrete changes in the program. For the 2023 AFCP program, the Center is introducing several important changes to the program:

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 Center is dividing the application process into two (2) rounds and reducing the amount of information required up front. The streamlined Round 1 will collect project ideas from embassies in the form of concept notes, which are due January 5, 2023. For Round 2, the Center will invite embassies with promising ideas to submit full project applications, due in April 2023.
Funding Priorities

AFCP projects promote specific U.S. policy goals. The Center will give preference to projects that do at least one or more of the following:

Directly support U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations;
Directly support U.S. policies, strategies, and objectives in Guatemala;
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 diplomacy programs of the U.S. Mission in Guatemala.
Funding Areas

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).
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