Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Grants Program

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Relevent Country: Cambodia

The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Grants Program (AFCP).


The fund was established to help countries preserve their cultural heritage. For Cambodia, it is aimed at preserving major ancient archaeological sites, historic buildings and monuments, major museum collections, and forms of traditional cultural expression that have historical or cultural significance and are accessible to the public and protected by Cambodian law. The projects selected to receive funding through the AFCP Grants Program will advance U.S. diplomatic goals and demonstrate the depth of U.S. respect for the cultural heritage of Cambodia. Proposal shall advance U.S foreign policy objectives and demonstrates U.S. leadership in the preservation and protection of cultural heritage around the world.
Funding Areas 
The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Grants Program supports the preservation of major ancient archaeological sites, historic buildings and monuments, major museum collections, and forms of traditional cultural expression, such as indigenous languages and crafts.
Funding Priorities 
  • Applications for projects that directly support one or more of the following will receive additional consideration in FY 2024:
  • Directly support U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations;
  • Support disaster risk reduction for cultural heritage in disaster-prone areas or post disaster cultural heritage recovery
  • Support conflict resolution and help communities bridge differences
  • Partner, connect with, or feed into other Embassy or public diplomacy programs
Funding Information
  • Floor on Amount of Individual Awards: US $10,000 per project
  • Ceiling on Amount of Individual Awards: US $500,000 per project
  • Anticipated Number of Awards: 20-30
  • Anticipated Award Date: September 2024

Appropriate project activities may include:
  • Anastylosis (reassembling a site from its original parts)
  • Conservation (addressing damage or deterioration to an object or site)
  • Consolidation (connecting or reconnecting elements of an object or site)
  • Documentation (recording in analog or digital format the condition and salient features of an object, site or tradition)
  • Preventive Conservation (addressing conditions that threaten or damage a site, object, collection, or tradition)
  • Restoration (replacing missing elements to recreate the original appearance of an object or site, usually appropriate only with fine arts, decorative arts, and historic buildings)
  • Stabilization (reducing the physical disturbance of an object or site).
Eligibility Criteria
  • The U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh defines eligible project implementers as reputable and accountable non-commercial entities that can demonstrate they have the requisite capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage. Eligible implementers may include non-governmental organizations, museums, educational institutions, ministries of culture, or similar institutions and organizations, including U.S. -based educational institutions and organizations subject to Section 501(c)(3) of the tax code. The AFCP will not award grants to individuals, commercial entities, or past award recipients that have not fulfilled the objectives or reporting requirements of the previous awards.
  • Potential implementers must be registered and active in the U.S. government’s System for Award Management (SAM) to receive U.S. federal assistance. If Round 1 project idea is advanced to Round 2 and the anticipated implementer is not registered in, the anticipated implementer should start the registration process immediately, so it is in place in the event the project is ultimately selected for an award. The registration process can take several weeks to complete so it is important to avoid any delay. If a project is selected for an award and the registration is not completed, the award could be delayed to the next FY, pending the availability of funding.

AFCP does not support the following activities or costs, and application involving any of the activities or costs below will be deemed ineligible:
  • 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 application.
  • Preservation of natural heritage (physical, biological, and geological formations).
  • 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.).