The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

The Cultural Heritage Center of the Office of Education and Cultural Affairs of the State Department and the US Embassy in Belize are pleased to announce the launch of the competition for the year 2020 of the program “Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP)”.

The Ambassadors Fund supports a wide range of cultural heritage preservation projects, including technical support for the restoration of historic buildings, the evaluation and preservation of rare artefacts and museum collections, as well as protection of important archaeological sites, and documentation of traditional arts and crafts techniques in the process of disappearing and specific to Belize’s cultural heritage.

Since its inception, the Ambassadors Fund has supported more than 550 cultural heritage preservation projects in more than 100 countries, totaling more than $20 million. The Ambassadors Fund supports the protection of cultural sites, cultural objects and forms of traditional cultural expressions in more than 100 countries around the world.

The competition is open to all non-governmental organizations in Belize, museums, government ministries, or similar non-commercial institutions, organizations that can demonstrate that they have the required experience and the means to manage projects. preservation of cultural heritage. Below are some key points to review before submitting the files:

Funded categories:

The AFCP program supports projects that adhere to the following guidelines and that meet international standards for the preservation of cultural heritage in the following three categories:

  • Cultural sites: such as restoring ancient historic buildings, preserving archaeological sites, or documenting cultural sites in a region for preservation purposes.
  • Objects and cultural collections: the restoration of an object or a collection of objects belonging to a museum, a site, or a similar institution, such as (but not only) the restoration of archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, or for conservation purposes specific to museums in general; the assessment of the conservation needs of a collection in relation to its state and in relation to strategies to improve its state of conservation; the inventory of a collection to be preserved and protected; the creation of safe environments for the storage or display of collections; or specialized training for the protection and preservation of collections.
  • Forms of traditional cultural expression: such as documentation and audio-visual recording of traditional music and dance forms for wide dissemination, or better, for preservation, or training support in the preservation of applied arts trades or crafts threatened with extinction.
Funding Restrictions:
The AFCP program will not support the following activities or costs, and any proposals involving the activities or costs listed below will not be eligible:
  • The preservation or purchase of cultural objects, collections or property belonging to individuals or for commercial purposes, including those for which a transfer from the private or commercial sector to the public is envisaged or in process, but whose transfer is not not completed at the time of submission of the proposal.
  • The preservation of the natural heritage (physical, biological and geological formations, paleontological collections, the habitats of animal and plant species, fossils, etc.).
  • The preservation of hominids or human remains.
  • The preservation of the media (newspapers, news and radio and television programs, etc.)
  • The preservation of published documents that are available elsewhere (books, periodicals, etc.)
  • The development of educational programs or materials for school use.
  • Archaeological excavations or exploration investigations for research purposes.
  • Historical research, except where research is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project.
  • The acquisition or creation of new collections for existing or new museums.
  • The construction of new buildings, extension or permanent roof (on archaeological sites, for example).
  • Commissions new works of art or architecture for commemorative purposes or economic development.
  • The creation of new dances or modern adaptation of existing traditional dances, music, songs, musical compositions, plays or other performing arts.
  • The creation of replicas or the reproduction of cultural objects or sites that no longer exist.
  • The relocation of cultural sites from one physical place to another.
  • Displacement of cultural objects or elements of cultural sites of the country for any reason.
  • The digitization of cultural objects or collections, unless they are part of a larger and clearly defined conservation project.
  • Conservation plans or other studies, unless they are part of a larger project to implement the results of these studies.
  • Financial reserves, endowments or turnover funds. (These funds must be spent in the grant period – up to five years – and can not be used to create an endowment or rollover fund.)
  • The costs of fundraising campaigns.
  • Costs to cover unexpected or miscellaneous expenses.
  • Costs that would cover work performed prior to the announcement of results, unless previously approved.
  • International travel, except where travel is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project.
  • Travel or study abroad for professional development.
  • Individual projects costing less than $ 10,000.
  • Independent American projects abroad.
Non-Eligible Project Applicants:

The AFCP Program will not provide grants to individuals, business entities, or embassies or former recipients of previous years who have not met the previous reporting objectives or reporting requirements.

Financing Information:

Funding will be in the form of a grant. The lowest amount per project will be $ 10,000; the highest ceiling will be $ 200,000 per project.

The AFCP program promotes cost-sharing, in-kind contributions, and other forms of cost-sharing from sources such as government, international organizations, and the private sector. There is no minimum or maximum percentage for participation in the costs required for this competition. Where there is cost sharing, it is understood and agreed that the applicant must provide the cost-sharing amount as stipulated in its proposal and later included in an approved agreement. The candidate will be responsible for tracking and reporting any contributions outside the AFCP grant, which may be subject to audit. Cost sharing may be in the form of eligible direct or indirect costs.

Selection process:

The US Embassy will first review all proposals for technical eligibility based on the above criteria. The Embassy will evaluate all applications based on the program’s funding priorities: the quality, soundness and completeness of the project. and the proposed budget, the quality and quantity of supporting documentation, such as the CVs of the major project participants, the images of the resource, and the notice of formal stewardship of the steward responsible for resources, like the National Institute of Culture and History.


Applicants must have a DUN number, a commercial code developed by the rating agency DUN & Bradstreet, and a NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) code. They must also be registered on the “System of Award Management” (SAM) before submitting their application files . (Note: The process for having a DUNS number can take several weeks. Applicants can get a free DUNs number by calling the toll-free number 1-866-705-5711 or by calling a number online at Applicants outside the United States may request a NCAGE code through With regard to SAM, it is the official database of the United States Government. Registration is online and free. In July 2012, SAM.GOV replaced the Central Contractor Registration (CCR), the Online Representations and Certification Application (ORCA), and the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS). SAM.GOV collects, validates, maintains, and disseminates data to support federal agencies in their acquisitions and grantmaking missions. SAM registration is free at:

The submitted proposals are then evaluated by a jury located in Washington, USA. Fund allocations will be announced in the spring of 2020.

Submission procedure:

Funding applications must be submitted in English through the email to (Proposals submitted by fax or mail will not be accepted). The deadline to submit the application is Friday, December 1, 2019.

To help you complete the funding application, you will find useful resources and documentation that you can download and print by clicking AFCP Budget Sheet, AFCP Glossary of Terms, and General Guidelines for Images .


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