CALL FOR ABSTRACTS | Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) | November 15, 2019

In 2001, the Congress of the United States of America established the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) to preserve cultural heritage in eligible countries.  Through the Ambassador’s Fund, American embassies around the globe are helping eligible countries to preserve historic sites and manuscripts, museum collections, and traditional forms of music, dance, and language.  

Call for Abstracts

The U.S. Mission will only accept abstracts (not more than two pages) for the 2020 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation.  Successful abstracts identify projects that assist the people of Uganda in preserving their cultural heritage.  Proposals may include preservation projects directed at:

  1. A) Cultural Sites—Includes (but not limited to) historic buildings and sites, sacred places, monuments, and archaeological sites;
  1. B) Cultural Objects and Collections from a museum, site, or similar institution and includes archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, photographic and film collections, and general museum conservation activities; and
  1. C) Forms of Traditional Cultural Expression includes traditional music, rituals, knowledge, languages, dance, drama, and crafts.

Abstract Assessment Criteria

Proposals must address all of the following criteria:

  • A brief description of the project and participants, including the time frame for completion.
  • An indication of the importance of the cultural or sacred site, object/collection, or

form of expression.  All should be of relevance to Uganda.

  • An indication of the urgency of the project.
  • An assessment of the impact of the U.S. contribution to the preservation project.
  • A brief budget
  • An indication of other funding sources, if any. (Note: strong encouragement is given

to local cost-sharing including support in-kind.)

  • At least one digital image (JPEGs) or audiovisual file of the site, object, or form of

expression to be addressed in the proposed project

AFCP does NOT support the following activities or costs, and applications involving any of
the activities or costs below may be deemed ineligible:

A.      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;
B.      Preservation of natural heritage (physical, biological, and geological formations, paleontological collections, habitats of threatened species of animals and plants, fossils, etc.);
C.      Preservation of hominid or human remains;
D.     Preservation of news media (newspapers, newsreels, radio and TV programs, etc.);
E.      Preservation of published materials available elsewhere (books, periodicals, etc.);
F.       Development of curricula or educational materials for classroom use;
G.     Archaeological excavations or exploratory surveys for research purposes;
H.     Historical research, except in cases where the research is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project;
I.        Acquisition or creation of new collections for new or existing museums;
J.        Construction of new buildings or permanent coverings (over archaeological sites, for example);
K.      Commissions of new works of art or architecture for commemorative or economic development purposes;
L.       Creation of new or the modern adaptation of existing traditional dances, songs, chants, musical compositions, plays, or other performances;
M.   Creation of replicas or re-creation of cultural objects or sites that no longer exist;
N.     Relocation of cultural sites from one physical location to another;
O.     Removal of cultural objects or elements of cultural sites from the country for any reason;
P.      Digitization of cultural objects or collections, unless part of a larger, clearly defined conservation effort;
Q.     Conservation plans or other studies, unless they are one component of a larger project to implement the results of those studies;
R.      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);
S.       Costs of fund-raising campaigns;
T.      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;
U.     Contingency, unforeseen, or miscellaneous costs or fees;
V.      Costs of work performed prior to announcement of the award;
W.   International travel, except in cases where travel is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project;
X.      Travel or study for professional development;
Y.      Individual projects costing less than $10,000;
Z.      Independent U.S. projects overseas.

Selection Process

All abstracts should be received by the U.S. Mission in Kampala, Uganda no later than November 15, 2019 for consideration under the 2020 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Small Grants competition.  The U.S. Ambassador to Uganda will chair a panel to assess all proposals received.  That panel may nominate only one to three proposals from Uganda for consideration in the worldwide competition.

Further Information

For further information regarding the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation or for information on previously funded projects, please visit


The Cultural Affairs Officer


Attn: 2020 AFCP THE DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS IS November 15, 2019