U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Grants Program

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Relevent Country: Moldova

The U.S. Embassy Chisinau is now accepting applications for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Grants Program.

AFCP supports the preservation of historic buildings, archaeological sites, manuscripts, museum collections, and forms of traditional cultural expression such as indigenous languages and crafts in more than 120 countries around the world.

Funding Areas

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);
  • 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 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).

Funding Priorities

  • In 2024, the U.S. Embassy will give preference to projects that do one or more of the following:
  • Directly support U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations;
  • Support disaster risk reduction for cultural heritage in disaster-prone areas; cultural heritage recovery;
  • Complement other ECA 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

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible project implementers must be reputable and accountable non-commercial entities that are able to 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 previous awards.
  • The AFCP Program strongly encourages cost-sharing, in-kind contributions, and other forms of cost participation.


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.).

Source: https://md.usembassy.gov/the-u-s-embassy-chisinau-is-now-accepting-applications-for-the-u-s-ambassadors-fund-for-cultural-preservation-afcp-2024-grants-program/