U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation


Agency - Department of State

The Department of State strives to create a more secure, democratic and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

For more information, contact the Public Affairs Section of the U. S. embassy in the country where the project is to take place.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Redacted Due To Pii $ 125,000   2018-10-312023-09-30
Miscellaneous Foreign Awardees $ 64,761   2018-09-282022-09-01
Miscellaneous Foreign Awardees $ 500,000   2017-09-212021-09-30
Mangyan Heritage Center, Inc. $ 100,593   2016-09-152021-09-14
The Mico University College $ 100,000   2018-09-122021-08-31
Florida Atlantic University $ 110,000   2018-09-282021-04-01
Built Environment Collective - Megawra $ 600,000   2019-04-012021-03-31
Miscellaneous Foreign Awardees $ 100,000   2018-09-142020-12-31
Miscellaneous Foreign Awardees $ 150,000   2015-09-222020-12-31
World Monuments Fund, Inc. $ 325,000   2017-09-292020-12-31



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The U. S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation supports activities that contribute to the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects and collections, and forms of traditional cultural expression (intangible heritage).

These activities may involve: in the case of CULTURAL SITES, restoration of an historic building, an archaeological survey as a component of a preservation plan, preservation management planning for a site, or documentation of sites in a region for preservation purposes; in the case of CULTURAL OBJECTS AND COLLECTIONS, 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 purposes; the creation of safe environments for storage or display of collections; or specialized training in the preservation and protection of oollections; in the case of FORMS OF TRADITIONAL CULTURAL EXPRESSION, documentation and audiovisual recording of traditional music and dance forms for preservation and eventual dissemination, or support for training in the preservation of traditional arts or crafts that are threatened by extinction.

An appropriate preservation activity is one that protects the values of the site, object or collection, or form of traditional cultural expression 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.

The U. S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation does not support the following: - 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; - 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 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 or collections for new or existing museums; - Construction of new buildings 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 [up to five years] and may not be used to create an endowment or revolving fund); - Costs of fund-raising campaigns; - Indirect costs or operating expenses, i.e.

expenses incurred during the day-to-day operational activities of an organization, such as office rent, utilities, license fees, and other costs for administrative time, services, or materials not directly related to performing project work; - 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 for professional development; - Individual projects costing less than $10,000; - Independent U. S. projects overseas.

Discretionary funds: 100%.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The U.S.

Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation supports the preservation of cultural heritage in more than 130 eligible countries around the world.

Eligible entities may apply through U.S.

embassies for fund support for the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects and collections, and forms of traditional cultural expression (intangible heritage).

Beneficiary Eligibility

Eligible countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo (Democratic Republic of the), Congo (Republic of), Costa Rica, Cote d?Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Credentials/Documentation

Proposal must include a letter or other document granting official permission to undertake the project. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Contact the Public Affairs Section at the U.S.

Embassy in the country where the project is to take place for detailed application instructions.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Organizations interested in applying for support from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation must apply through the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in the country where the proposed project is to take place.

Award Procedures

Following submission through U.S. embassies, applications for support from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation undergo a comprehensive screening, rating, ranking, and selection process. U.S. embassies announce award recipients.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (Fulbright-Hays Act), Public Law 87-256; Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, Public Law 87-195.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Maximum of 5 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance customarily released in a minimum of three installments tied to project benchmarks.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Recipients are required to submit quarterly financial reports and, at minimum, biannual progress reports covering the periods January-June and July-December for the duration of the project.

Recipients are required to submit final reports upon completion of projects.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Recipients are required to submit, at minimum, biannual progress reports, including SF-PPR cover page, covering the periods January-June and July-December for the duration of the project.

Recipients are required to submit final reports upon completion of projects.

Recipients are required to submit quarterly financial reports covering the periods January-March, April-June, July-September, and October-December for the duration of the project.

Recipients are required to submit final financial reports upon completion of projects.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Recipients are expected to retain records for a period of three years after the submission of the final expenditure report.

Financial Information

Account Identification

19-0000-0-0-000 - Varies by U.S. Embassy.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 Not Available; FY 17 est $5,750,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Awards in Fiscal Year 2015 ranged from $10,000 to $695,000 with an average award amount of $154,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. For more information, contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. embassy in the country where the project is to take place.

Headquarters Office

Martin J. Perschler, ECA/P/C, SA-5, C2, Department of State, Washington, District of Columbia 20522-0582 Email: perschlermj@state.gov Phone: (202) 632-6308 Fax: (202) 632-6300

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are selected based on the criteria specified in the annual Notice of Internal Funding Opportunity (NOIFO) and based on proposal quality and project merit. Proposals may be deemed ineligible if they do not fully adhere to U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation program priorities, eligibility and proposal requirements, application procedures, and restrictions.



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