Jamaica has a flourishing and dynamic cultural life, as we all know. We also have a pretty fascinating cultural heritage – much of it in dire need of preservation. We love our culture, but we are sometimes not so good at recording, preserving, restoring, documenting. Be that as it may, I wanted to quickly post some information on the U.S. Embassy’s call for proposals for the 2017 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation. THE DEADLINE IS JANUARY 16 FOR BOTH SMALL AND LARGE GRANTS. You can find the link to all this information here.
Please do share with anyone who may wish to apply.
The U.S. Embassy in Kingston is pleased to announce Call for Proposals for the 2017 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The Fund created by the U.S. Congress in 2001 aims to provide grant awards to preserve cultural heritage around the world, ranging from the renovation of historical monuments and restoration of artefacts to the documentation of traditional cultural expression. To date, the AFCP has given out over US$12 million to support almost 500 projects worldwide, illustrating the commitment of the United States to help people and nations around the world save and safeguard their deep, rich cultural traditions. Jamaican institutions consistently over perform in this global funding competition: over the last decade, we have funded a half dozen projects on-island, totaling over US$160,000.
For 2017, we are asking for proposals ranging from small grants – US$10,000 to US$180,000 – to large grants – US$200,000 to US$500,000. Project proposals can range from one to three years.
Past projects funded under small grants in Jamaica have included the preservation of the writings of Marcus Garvey at Liberty Hall (2001); Preventative Conservation of Taino Amulets and Other Ethnographic Objects at the Institute of Jamaica (2004); Conservation of the Collections of the National Gallery of Jamaica (2006); Restoration of Five Historic Paintings in the National Gallery of Jamaica (2008); Conservation of the Enos Nuttall Manuscripts Collection of the National Library of Jamaica (2009); and Preventive Conservation of Collections at the National Museum of Jamaica (2014).