The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2019 LARGE GRANTS Program Funding Opportunity


The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce the 2019 call for proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Large Grants Program Funding Opportunity.

Since its inception in 2001, AFCP has helped preserve cultural sites, cultural objects, and forms of traditional cultural expression in Thailand and around the world. Cultural heritage endures as a reminder of the contributions and historical experiences of humanity. By taking a leading role in efforts to preserve cultural heritage, the U.S. shows its respect for other cultures

The application process for the AFCP Large Grants Program consists of two application rounds: Round 1 (Project Abstract) and Round 2 (Full Application). During Round 1, applicants shall submit project abstracts. If, after the technical review, rating, and ranking of abstracts, selected applicant(s) will be invited to Round 2 and submit full project application(s). The minimum funding available for individual projects is US$200,000 per project and the maximum amount is US$800,000 per project. In 2018, awards ranged from US$200,000 to US$600,000. Past AFCP award recipients may submit applications for continuation funds under this opportunity. The deadline for submitting project abstracts for Round 1 is December 10, 2018.

The AFCP Large Grants Program supports the preservation of major ancient archaeological sites, historic buildings and monuments, and major museum collections that are accessible to the public and protected by law in the host country. Appropriate project activities may include:

  1. Preventive conservation (addressing conditions that damage or threaten the site)
  2. Stabilization (reducing the physical disturbance [settling, collapse, etc.] of a site)
  3. Conservation (addressing damage or deterioration to a collection or sites)
  4. Consolidation (connecting or reconnecting elements of a site)
  5. Anastylosis (reassembling a site from its original parts)
  6. Restoration (replacing missing elements to recreate the original appearance of a site, usually appropriate only with fine arts, decorative arts, and historic buildings)

Specific to the AFCP Large Grants Program 2019 annual competition, proposals for projects that directly support one or more of the following will receive additional consideration:

(1) U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations, such as cultural property agreements;

(2) U.S. Embassy Integrated Country Strategy (ICS) goals;

(3) Disaster risk reduction for cultural heritage in disaster-prone areas;

(4) Post-disaster cultural heritage recovery; and\

(5) Preservation of inscribed World Heritage sites.

AFCP will NOT support the following activities or costs, and applications involving any of the activities or costs below will be deemed 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 $200,000
  25. Independent U.S. projects overseas

Eligible project applicants are reputable and accountable non-commercial entities, such as non-governmental organizations, museums, ministries of culture, or similar institutions and organizations, including U.S.-based organizations subject to Section 501(c)(3) of the tax code, that are registered and active in and able to demonstrate that they have the requisite experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage. AFCP does not award grants to individuals, commercial entities, or past award recipients that have not fulfilled the objectives or reporting requirements of previous AFCP awards.

There is no minimum or maximum percentage of cost participation required for this competition. When an applicant offers cost sharing, it is understood and agreed that the applicant must provide the amount of cost sharing as stipulated in its application and later included in an approved agreement. The applicant will be responsible for tracking and reporting on any cost share or outside funding. Cost sharing may be in the form of allowable direct or indirect costs.

Selected applicants must have a Dun & Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, a NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) code, and be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) prior to submitting full applications. Note that this process can take weeks/months, especially for non-U.S. applicants. It is mandatory for applicants to have a DUNS and registration. Applicants may acquire DUNS numbers at no costs by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line 1-866-705-5711 or by requesting a number online at Non-U.S. based applicants may request a NCAGE code at SAM is the official, free on-line registration database for the U.S. Government. collects, validates, stores, and disseminates data in support of federal agency acquisition and grant award mission. Registration in SAM is free:

Suggested guidelines for project abstract preparation and information to be provided are below. Each project proposal must be in English and should be emailed to with the subject line: “AFCP 2019 LARGE GRANTS Program – Project Abstract Round 1: Project name” by midnight December 10, 2018. To determine if your projects fits into the AFCP guidelines, interested applicants can email a short one-paragraph description of their projects to any time before the deadline for an initial review.

For more information, please contact Ms. Laila Bunnag, Cultural Affairs Specialist, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Bangkok, at Tel. 02-205-4490, 02-205-4625, or For additional information about the fund, please visit the AFCP website

The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2019

LARGE GRANTS Program Funding Opportunity


All information must be submitted in English

Round 1 Project Abstract must include or address the following:

  1. Project basics, including title, project dates, location, and site
  2. Project applicant information, including contact information, DUNS Number, and SAM registration status
  3. Special designations (national monument, World Heritage Site, etc.)
  4. Law(s) protecting the site or collection (citations only)
  5. Project purpose that summarizes the project objectives and desired results
  6. Statement of importance highlighting the historic, architectural, artistic, or cultural (non-religious) values of the site or collection
  7. Project time frame or schedule that lists the major project phases and milestones with target dates for achieving them (Note: Applicants may propose project periods of up to 60 months [five years]; projects must begin before September 30, 2019, and conclude no later than September 30, 2024)
  8. Project participant information, including resumes or CVs of the proposed project director and key project participants
  9. 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
  10. At a minimum and required, five (5) high quality digital images (JPEGs) or audiovisual files that convey the nature and condition of the site or collection and show the urgency or need for the proposed project (collapsing walls, water damage, etc.)