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October 9, 2020

(Submission Deadline: Sunday, November 15, 2020)

Award Information:

Funding Instrument Type:  Grant
CFDA Number: 19.025
Floor on Amount of Individual Awards:  U.S. $10,000 per project
Ceiling on Amount of Individual Awards: U.S. $500,000 per project

The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu is accepting project concept notes for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2021 Grants Program. The deadline for submitting concept notes to the U.S. Embassy is Sunday, November 15, 2020. Full implementation of the program depends on availability of funds. Interested institutions (grantees) are urged to consult with the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy as soon as possible for details and guidance on the AFCP 2021 Grants Program by emailing at culturektm@state.gov. Following the review and approval of the concept notes, the concerned organization will be invited to flesh out the technical aspects of the proposed project and submit a full application.

Funding Areas: The AFCP Grants Program supports the preservation of archaeological sites, historic buildings and monuments, museum collections, and forms of traditional cultural expression, such as indigenous languages and crafts. Appropriate project activities may include:

  • Anastylosis (reassembling a site from its original parts);
  • Conservation (addressing damage or deterioration to an object or site);
  • Consolidation (connecting or reconnecting elements of an object or site);
  • Documentation (recording in analog or digital format the condition and salient features of an object, site, or tradition);
  • Inventory (listing of objects, sites, or traditions by location, feature, age, or other unifying characteristic or state);
  • Preventive Conservation (addressing conditions that threaten or damage a site, object, collection, or tradition);
  • Restoration (replacing missing elements to recreate the original appearance of an object or site, usually appropriate only with fine arts, decorative arts, and historic buildings);
  • Stabilization (reducing the physical disturbance of an object or site).

ELIGIBLE PROJECT APPLICANTS: The Cultural Heritage Center defines eligible project applicants as 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, registered and active in SAM.gov and able to demonstrate requisite experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage.

Important: Before working on your concept notes, please consult with the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to discuss eligibility of the project, project applicant, and other related information.

Concept note requirements: The project abstract must include the following items;

  1. Project basics, including title, project length, location, and site;
  2. Project budget estimate in U.S. dollars;
  3. Project applicant information, including contact information, DUNS Number, and SAM registration status;
  4. Project Purpose that summarizes the project objectives and desired results;
  5. Five (5) high quality digital images (JPEGs) or audiovisual files that convey the nature and condition of the site, collection, or tradition and show the urgency or need for the proposed project (collapsing walls, water damage, etc.).

CONTACT INFORMATION: For initial inquiries and consultation, please reach out to Cultural Affairs Specialist Dhurba Shah via email at shahdb1@state.gov or culturektm@state.gov. Please submit project concept notes by November 15, 2020 addressing the Cultural Affairs Officer Karl Rogers at cultureKTM@state.gov.
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We look forward to receiving your project concept notes. Thank you.