2019 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation – Call for Proposals

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2019 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation – Call for Proposals

The U.S. Embassy in Cameroon is pleased to announce that we are now accepting project proposals for the 2019 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The AFCP enables the U.S. Government to work with Cameroon to preserve its unique cultural heritage.  Project proposals may be submitted to: pasgrantsyaounde@state.gov

Project proposals are due on December 7, 2018 and must strictly comply with the requirements and guidelines described below.  If you have questions about this program, please contact us at pasgrantsyaounde@state.gov.

Funding level:

Each AFCP Small Grant project budget must be between US $10,000 and US $200,000.

Funding Areas:  The AFCP Small Grants Competition supports the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects and collections, and forms of traditional cultural expression.  Appropriate project activities may include:

  1. Cultural sites:  conservation of ancient or historic buildings, preservation of archaeological sites, or documentation of cultural sites in a region for preservation purposes
  2. Cultural objects and collections: conservation treatment for objects or collections of objects from a museum, site, or similar institution—that include, but are not limited to, archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, and general museum conservation needs; needs assessment of a collection with respect to its condition and strategies for improving its state of conservation; inventory of a collection for conservation and protection purposes; the creation of safe environments for storage or display of collections; or specialized training in the care and preservation of collections.
  3. Forms of traditional cultural expression: documentation and audiovisual recording of traditional music, indigenous languages, and dance forms for broad dissemination as the means of teaching and further preserving them, or support for training in the preservation of traditional applied arts or crafts in danger of extinction.

Eligible Project Applicants:  This call for proposals is open to reputable and responsible non-commercial entities, such as non-governmental organizations, cultural associations, museums, or similar institutions and organizations, with the requisite experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage.

Application and Submission Information: 

All documents must be submitted in English and include the following:

  1. Project Basics, including title, project dates, and AFCP focus area;
  2. Project Applicant information, including contact information, DUNS Number, and SAM registration status (see Section 19 below);
  3. Project Location;
  4. Proof of Official Permission to undertake the project;
  5. Project Purpose that summarizes the project objectives and desired results;
  6. Project Activities Description that presents the project tasks in chronological order;
  7. Project Time Frame or Schedule that lists the major project phases and milestones with target dates for achieving them;
  8. Project Participant Information, specifically an estimated number of non-US and US participants and estimated number of primary and secondary participants, as well as resumes of the proposed project director and other primary project participants;
  9. Statement of Importance highlighting the historic, architectural, artistic, or cultural (non-religious) values of the cultural site, collection, or form of traditional expression;
  10. Statement of Urgency indicating the severity of the situation and explaining why the project must take place now;
  11. Statement of Sustainability outlining the steps or measures that will be taken to maintain the site, object, or collection in good condition after the AFCP-supported project is complete; or, in the case of forms of traditional cultural expression, to preserve and disseminate the documentation, knowledge, or skills gained from the project;
  12. Detailed project budget, demarcated in one-year budget periods (2019, 2020, 2021, etc.), that lists all costs in separate categories (Personnel, Fringe Benefits, Travel [including Per Diem], Equipment, Supplies, Contractual, Other Direct Costs, Indirect Costs); indicates funds from other sources; and gives a justification for any anticipated international travel costs;
  13. Budget narrative explaining how the costs were estimated (quantity x unit cost, annual salary x percentage of time spent on project, etc.) and any large budget line items;
  14. Attachments and supporting documents including, at a minimum and required, five (5) high quality digital images (JPEGs) or audiovisual files that convey the nature and condition of the site, object, or form of expression and, in the case of a site or object, show the urgency or need for the proposed project.

Ineligible Activities and Unallowable Costs:  AFCP does not support the following activities or costs, and the Embassy will deem applications involving any of these activities or costs ineligible:

  1. 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
  2. Preservation of natural heritage (physical, biological, and geological formations, paleontological collections, habitats of threatened species of animals and plants, fossils, etc.)
  3. Preservation of hominid or human remains
  4. Preservation of news media (newspapers, newsreels, radio and TV programs, etc.)
  5. Preservation of published materials available elsewhere (books, periodicals, etc.)
  6. Development of curricula or educational materials for classroom use
  7. Archaeological excavations or exploratory surveys for research purposes
  8. Historical research, except in cases where the research is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project
  9. Acquisition or creation of new exhibits, objects, or collections for new or existing museums
  10. Construction of new buildings, building additions, or permanent coverings (over archaeological sites, for example)
  11. Commissions of new works of art or architecture for commemorative or economic development purposes
  12. Creation of new or the modern adaptation of existing traditional dances, songs, chants, musical compositions, plays, or other performances
  13. Creation of replicas or conjectural reconstructions of cultural objects or sites that no longer exist
  14. Relocation of cultural sites from one physical location to another
  15. Removal of cultural objects or elements of cultural sites from the country for any reason
  16. Digitization of cultural objects or collections, unless part of a larger, clearly defined conservation or documentation effort
  17. Conservation plans or other studies, unless they are one component of a larger project to implement the results of those studies
  18. 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);
  19. Costs of fund-raising campaigns
  20. Contingency, unforeseen, or miscellaneous costs or fees
  21. Costs of work performed prior to announcement of the award unless allowable per 2 CFR 200.458 and approved by the Grants Officer
  22. International travel, except in cases where travel is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project
  23. Travel or study outside the host country for professional development
  24. Individual projects costing less than $10,000
  25. Independent U.S. projects overseas

Application Closing Date:  Friday, December 7, 2018 at 12:30.

For further information:  Please contact the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section at 222 201 500, ext. 4446; email: pasgrantsyaounde@state.gov