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U.S. Embassy in Ukraine announces Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2020

U.S. Embassy in Ukraine announces Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2020

Deadline: 30 October 2019

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv has announced a call for proposals for the U. S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Large Grants Program 2020 that aims to preserve major ancient archaeological sites, historic buildings and monuments, and major museum collections that are accessible to the public and protected by law in Ukraine.

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Funding Areas

The program supports the preservation of significant cultural and historic sites that are globally or nationally significant, accessible to the public and protected by law. The types of sites include major archaeological sites, historic buildings and monuments and major museum collections, which possess exceptional value in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the host country or the surrounding region.

Appropriate project activities may include:

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  • preventive conservation (addressing conditions that damage or threaten the site)
  • stabilization (reducing the physical disturbance [settling, collapse, etc.] of a site)
  • conservation (addressing damage or deterioration to a collection or sites)
  • consolidation (connecting or reconnecting elements of a site)
  • anastylosis (reassembling a site from its original parts)
  • restoration (replacing missing elements to recreate the original appearance of a site, usually appropriate only with fine arts, decorative arts, and historic buildings).

Award Amount

The AFCP will accept proposals for projects valued from $200,000 to $800,000.

Eligible Applicants

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Qualified entities may apply for support. As defined by the AFCP program, these are reputable and accountable non-commercial entities, such as non-governmental organizations, museums, ministries of culture, or similar institutions and organizations, including U.S.-based organizations subject to Section 501(c)(3) of the tax code, that are registered and active in SAM.gov and are able to demonstrate that they have the requisite experience and capacity to manage large-scale projects to preserve cultural heritage.

Ineligible Activities and Unallowable Costs

  • Preservation or purchase of privately or commercially owned cultural objects, collections, or real property;
  • Preservation of natural heritage (physical, biological, and geological formations, paleontological collections, habitats of threatened species of animals and plants, fossils, etc.);
  • 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 course 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 re-creation 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 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 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;
  • International travel, except in cases where travel is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project;
  • Travel or study outside the host country for professional development;
  • Independent U.S. projects overseas.

Special Note: An item with a religious connection may be the subject of a cultural preservation grant if the item is nominated solely on the basis of architectural, artistic, historical or other cultural (not religious) criteria.

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Application Process

  • The application process for the AFCP Large Grants Program takes place in two rounds:
    • Project Application (Round 1)
    • Full Project Proposal (Round 2).
  • Applicants who receive a favorable rating will be invited to submit complete project proposals.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit their application form in English and Ukrainian or Russian via email at the address given on the website.

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For more information, please visit https://ua.usembassy.gov/education-culture/u-s-ambassadors-fund/#collapse1

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