The US Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS has issued a call for project proposals for the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) for 2017. Proposals must be submitted by February 2, 2017, for projects to preserve cultural heritage in Antigua and Barbuda; Barbados; Dominica; Grenada; St Kitts and Nevis; St Lucia; and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Through the AFCP program, the US Department of State supports projects to preserve cultural heritage in the following three areas:
1. Cultural sites: Such as, but not limited to, historic buildings and archaeological sites.
2. Cultural objects and collections: From a museum, site, or similar institution, including but not limited to, archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, and general museum conservation needs.
3. Forms of traditional cultural expression: Such as traditional music, indigenous languages, and crafts.
Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible:
1. Must be non-commercial entities, such as non-governmental organizations, museums, ministries of culture, or similar institutions and organizations.
2. Must be able to demonstrate that you have the requisite experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage.
All eligible applicants must submit their proposals via email to [email protected] no later than February 2, 2017. Any proposals submitted after this time will not be accepted.
The Department of State established the AFCP at the request of the US Congress in 2001 to demonstrate the United States’ commitment to preservation and protection of cultural heritage around the world. Since 2001, the fund has awarded $55 million in support of more than 870 projects in more 125 countries. For more information on the program and creating a valid proposal, click here.