The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2020

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Funding Opportunity ID: 322358
Opportunity Number: SMK80020PAS001
Opportunity Title: The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2020
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Other (see text field entitled “Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity” for clarification)
Category Explanation: The U.S. Embassy in Skopje and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce the 2020 call for proposals for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation. The Fund was established to help countries preserve their cultural heritage and to demonstrate U.S. respect for other cultures.
CFDA Number(s): 19.025
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: Eligible project applicants are reputable and accountable non-commercial entities that are registered and active in SAM.gov and able to demonstrate that they have the requisite experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage. Only North Macedonia’s entities, such as non-governmental organizations, museums, Ministry of Culture, or similar institutions and organizations are eligible to apply for the Fund.
Agency Code: DOS-MKD
Agency Name: Department of State
U.S. Mission to North Macedonia
Posted Date: Nov 12, 2019
Close Date: Dec 05, 2019
Last Updated Date: Nov 12, 2019
Award Ceiling: $200,000
Award Floor: $10,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $200,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: Summary: The U.S. Embassy in Skopje and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce the 2020 call for proposals for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation. The Fund was established to help countries preserve their cultural heritage and to demonstrate U.S. respect for other cultures. Since its inception in 2001, the Fund has helped preserve cultural sites, practices, and objects that are historically or culturally significant in North Macedonia and around the world. Project proposals are due on December 5, 2019. FUNDING AREAS: Through the AFCP Program, the Department of State supports projects to preserve cultural heritage in the following areas: A. CULTURAL SITES include (but are not limited to) historic buildings and archaeological sites. Examples are restoration of an ancient or historic building, preservation of an archaeological site, or documentation of cultural sites in a region for preservation purposes. B. CULTURAL OBJECTS AND COLLECTIONS from a museum, site, or similar institution include archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, and general museum conservation needs. Examples are conservation treatment for an object or collection of objects; needs assessment of a collection’s condition and strategies for improving it; 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. Top priority is given to project activities that are appropriate and in keeping with international standards for the preservation of cultural heritage. An appropriate preservation activity is one that protects the values of the site, object, or collection, or form of traditional cultural expressions as they are understood by stakeholders. Stakeholders may include national, regional, or local cultural authorities, the local community, and others with vested interests in the site and the outcome of a project. Note that only North Macedonia’s entities, such as non-governmental organizations, museums, Ministry of Culture, or similar institutions and organizations are eligible to apply for the Fund. The Fund can NOT be used to support the following: (1) Preservation or purchase of privately or commercially owned cultural objects, collections, or real property, including those whose transfer from private or commercial to public ownership is envisioned, planned, or in process but not complete at the time of proposal submission;(2) Preservation of natural heritage (physical, biological, and geological formations, paleontological collections, habitats of threatened species of animals and plants, fossils);(3) Preservation of hominid or human remains;(4) Preservation of news media (newspaper, newsreels, radio and TV programs, etc.);(5) Preservation of published materials available elsewhere (books, periodicals, etc.);(6) Archaeological excavations or exploratory surveys for research purposes;(7) Development of curricula or educational materials for classroom use;(8) Archaeological excavations or surveys for research purposes;(9) Historical research, except in cases where historical research is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project;(10) Acquisition or creation of new exhibits, objects, or collections for new or existing museums;(11) Construction of new buildings, building additions, or permanent coverings (over archaeological sites, for example);(12) Commissions of new works of art or architecture for commemorative or economic development purposes;(13) Creation of new or the modern adaptation of existing traditional dances, songs, chants, musical compositions, plays, or other performances;(14) Creation of replicas or conjectural reconstructions of cultural objects or sites that no longer exist;(15) Relocation of cultural sites from one physical location to another;(16) Removal of cultural objects or elements of cultural sites from the country for any reason;(17) Digitalization of cultural objects or collections, unless part of a larger clearly defined conservation or documentation effort;(18) Conservation plans or other studies, unless they are one component of a larger project to implement the results of those studies;(19) Cash reserves, endowments or revolving funds; funds must be expended within the grant period (up to five years) and may not be used to create an endowment or revolving fund;(20) Costs of fund-raising campaigns;(22) Contingency, unforeseen, or miscellaneous fees;(23) Costs of work performed prior to announcement of the award unless allowable per 2 CFR 200.458 and approved by the Grants Officer;(24) International travel, except in cases where travel is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project;(25) Travel or study outside the host country for professional development;(26) Individual project costing less than US$10,000 or more than $200,000; or(27) Independent U.S. projects overseas.
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