U.S. Embassy invites proposals for the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation

This is a great opportunity for institutions and groups – museums, non-governmental organisations, culture ministries, and more – to apply for a competitive grant that has made quite an impact in the past – for example, at Liberty Hall (Institute of Jamaica), the National Library of Jamaica, and other recipients. You can find full details on how to apply here (note the list of ineligible activities, by the way). Note also that two of the areas that would be given preference are in support of disaster risk reduction for cultural heritage in disaster-prone areas or post-disaster cultural heritage recovery; and in the area of conflict resolution and helping communities bridge differences. These might well be applicable to Jamaica.

Call for Proposals Announcement


The U.S. Embassy, Kingston is pleased to announce the start of the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2022 Grants Program. The application process involves two rounds: In Round 1, we will collect project ideas in the form of concept notes, due December 10, 2021 to kingstonculture@state.gov. In Round 2, short-listed applicants with promising ideas will be invited to submit full project applications, due in April 2022.

AFCP Program Objectives: The Department of State established the AFCP in 2001 at the request of Congress (Conference Report 106-1005 accompanying H.R. 4942). At the time, the Senate noted that the preservation of cultural heritage “offers an opportunity to show a different American face to other countries, one that is non-commercial, non-political, and non-military.” The projects recommended for funding advance U.S. foreign policy goals and show respect for other cultures. Cultural preservation is effective public diplomacy that resonates deeply with opinion leaders and local communities, even in countries where ties may be otherwise limited. AFCP projects strengthen civil society, encourage good governance, and promote political and economic stability around the world.

Funding Priorities: Some of the most successful AFCP projects have been designed as part of a greater Public Diplomacy programming arc promoting specific U.S. policy goals and host-country or community goals. Accordingly, in FY 2022, preference will be given to projects that do one or more of the following:

a. Directly support U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations.

b. 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.

c. Support disaster risk reduction for cultural heritage in disaster-prone areas or post-disaster cultural heritage recovery.

d. Support conflict resolution and help communities bridge differences.

e. Partner, connect with, or feed into other ECA or public diplomacy programs.

Sites and Objects Having a Religious Connection: The establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution permits the government to include religious objects and sites within an aid program under certain conditions. For example, an item with a religious connection (including a place of worship) may be the subject of a cultural preservation grant if the item derives its primary significance and is nominated solely on the basis of architectural, artistic, historical, or other cultural (not religious) criteria.

Important Deadlines: Round 1 concept notes must be submitted by Friday, December 10, 2021, 11:59 p.m. to kingstonculture@state.gov. Round 2 full applications must be submitted in April 2022 by invitation only. See the AFCP 2022 Application Guide on our website for instructions on how to submit concept notes and full applications.

Disclaimer: Issuance of this funding opportunity does not constitute an award commitment on the part of the AFCP program or the U.S. government. We reserve the right to waive program formalities and to reduce, revise, or increase project scopes and budgets in accordance with the needs of the program and the availability of funds.

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