Fund for Cultural Preservation Grants Program

u.s. embassy

Relevent Country: Yemen

The U.S. Embassy in Yemen and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce the 2024 call for proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Grants Program.

Since its inception in 2001, AFCP has helped preserve archaeological sites, historic buildings and monuments, museum collections, and forms of traditional cultural expression in Yemen and around the world.

The AFCP Grants Program supports the preservation of archaeological sites, historic buildings and monuments, museum collection, and forms of traditional cultural expression, such as indigenous languages and crafts.

Funding Information

  • Funding awards will range from $10,000 to $500,000 per project.

Eligible Activities

  • 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);
  • Inventory (listing of objects, sites, or traditions by location, feature, age, or other unifying characteristic or state);
  • Preventive Conservation (addressing conditions that threaten or damage a site, object, collection, or tradition);
  • Restoration (replacing 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).

Ineligible Activites

AFCP does not support the following activities or costs, and applications requesting any of these activities or costs 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, paleontological collections, habitats of threatened species of animals and plants, fossils, etc.) Unless the natural heritage has a cultural heritage connection or dimension
  • 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
  • International travel, except in cases where travel is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project or to provide project leaders with learning and exchange opportunities with cultural heritage experts
  • Individual projects costing less than $10,000 or more than $500,000
  • Independent U.S. and foreign projects overseas

Eligibility Criteria

  • The AFCP defines eligible applicants as reputable and accountable non-commercial entities that can demonstrate that they have the requisite capacity and permission to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage in the specified country.
  • Eligible implementors may include:
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Educational Institutions
  • U.S. based educational institutions and organizations
  • Public International Organizations (PIOs)

Ineligibility Criteria

AFCP will not award grants to:


  • Commercial entities
  • Past award recipients that have not fulfilled the objectives or reporting requirements of previous awards