U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation – Competition Announcement

The U.S. Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana is pleased to announce the annual call for proposals for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). This fund supports projects in countries around the world – including Botswana – to preserve cultural heritage in three areas:

  • Cultural Sites – such as historic buildings and archaeological sites;
  • Cultural Objects and Collections from a museum, site, or similar institution – such as archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, and general museum conservation needs; and,
  • Forms of Traditional Cultural Expression – such as traditional music, indigenous languages, and crafts.
The deadline for submitting proposals to the Embassy is Friday, November 16th by COB. Funding requests must be between US $10,000 and $450, 000 per project.


Applications will be rated as follows:
  • Purpose and Summary, Description, Time Frame, Importance: 25 points max
  • Urgency: 10 points max
  • Sustainability: 10 points max
  • Rationale for U.S. Support: 15 points max
  • Media and Outreach Plan: 10 points max
  • Budget and Budget Narrative: 15 points max
  • Supporting Materials: 15 points max
Funding Priorities:
  • Conservation of an ancient or historic building, preservation of an archaeological site, or documentation of cultural sites in a region for preservation purposes.
  • Conservation treatment for an object or collection of objects; needs assessment of a collection with respect to its condition and strategies for improving its state of conservation; inventory of a collection for conservation and protection purposes; the creation of safe environments for storage or display of collections; or specialized training in the care and preservation of collections.
  • Documentation and audiovisual recording of traditional music and dance forms for broad dissemination as the means of teaching and further preserving them, or support for training in the preservation of traditional applied arts or crafts in danger of extinction.
Applications for projects that directly support one or more of the following will receive additional consideration in FY 2019:
  • U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations, such as cultural property agreements
  • U.S. Embassy Integrated Country Strategy (ICS) goals
  • Disaster risk reduction for cultural heritage in disaster-prone areas
  • Post-disaster cultural heritage recovery
  • Preservation of inscribed World Heritage sites
Eligible Project Applicants:

Eligible applicants are reputable and accountable non-commercial entities, such as non-governmental organizations, museums, ministries of culture, or similar institutions and organizations that have the requisite experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage. AFCP does not award grants to individuals, commercial entities, or to embassies or past award recipients which have not fulfilled the reporting requirements of previous AFCP awards.


Send an e-mail to PublicAffairsGaborone@state.gov. Proposals are only accepted in the stipulated form.  Complete proposals must reach the Embassy by Friday, November 16th at close of business.

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