Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

AFCP 2022 Grants Program
Call for Concept Notes


The U.S. Mission in Turkey and the Cultural Heritage Center of the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State are pleased to announce the call for concept notes for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Competition 2022.

The application process involves two rounds: In Round 1, the U.S. Mission in Turkey will collect project ideas in the form of concept notes to be submitted to the Cultural Heritage Center after an initial evaluation. In Round 2, the Center will invite embassies with promising ideas to submit full project applications.

AFCP aims to support countries, including Turkey, in preserving their cultural heritage and to demonstrate U.S. respect for other cultures.

Awards will range from $10,000 to $500,000. The Cultural Heritage Center anticipates funding globally 20 to 30 projects.


The deadline for submitting concept notes is Friday, December 3, 2021, 17:30 Turkey time.

Concept Note Form must be filled and submitted in English in electronic format to the following address:

The Concept Note Form needs to be filled in word format and visuals need to be attached as separate files (JPEG, PNG, or PDF only).  Please do not send e-mail with win.rar and attachments as well as links. Send separate emails if the application doesn`t fit in one email. Proposals sent to any other address or in any different format will be deemed ineligible.

Please note that only the selected applicants will be contacted for the second round.

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:

    • a)  Anastylosis (reassembling a site from its original parts)
    • b)  Conservation (addressing damage or deterioration to an object or site)
    • c)  Consolidation (connecting or reconnecting elements of an object or site)
    • d)  Documentation (recording in analog or digital format the condition and salient features of an object, site, or tradition)
    • e)  Inventory (listing of objects, sites, or traditions by location, feature, age, or other unifying characteristic or state)
    • f)  Preventive Conservation (addressing conditions that threaten or damage a site, object, collection, or tradition)
    • g)  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)
    • h)  Stabilization (reducing the physical disturbance of an object or site)


The Center defines eligible project implementers as reputable and accountable non-commercial entities that can demonstrate they have the requisite capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage. Eligible implementers may include non-governmental organizations, museums, educational institutions, ministries of culture, or similar institutions and organizations, including U.S.-based educational institutions and organizations subject to Section 501(c)(3) of the tax code.

The AFCP will not award grants to individuals, commercial entities, or past award recipients that have not fulfilled the objectives or reporting requirements of previous awards.

Potential implementers must be registered and active in the U.S. government’s System for Award Management (SAM) to receive U.S. federal assistance. 


AFCP does not support the following activities or costs, and the Center will deem applications requesting AFCP support for any of these activities or costs 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 application.
    • b)  Preservation of natural heritage (physical, biological, and geological formations, paleontological collections, habitats of threatened species of animals and plants, fossils, etc.) unless the natural heritage has a cultural heritage connection or dimension.
    • 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 exhibits, objects, or collections for new or existing
    • j)  Construction of new buildings, building additions, 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 conjectural reconstructions 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
    • p)  Digitization of cultural objects or collections, unless part of a larger, clearly defined conservation, documentation, or public diplomacy 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)  Contingency, unforeseen, or miscellaneous costs or fees.
    • u)  Costs of work performed prior to announcement of the award unless allowable per 2 CFR 458 and approved by the Grants Officer.
    • v)  International travel, except in cases where travel is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project or to provide project leaders with learning and exchange opportunities with cultural heritage experts.
    • w)  Individual projects costing less than US $10,000 or more than $500,000.
    • x)  Independent U.S. projects overseas.

Project Design Assistance:

During the month of November 2021, the Cultural Heritage Center and the U.S. Mission in Turkey are offering project design webinars for applicants. Recordings of these webinars and their resource materials will be available in late November.

Webinar Registration Links: 

AFCP 2022 Heritage and Climate Change Webinar

Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 9:00 a.m. EST

Registration Link

This webinar will consider emerging lessons and best practices in cultural heritage preservation as they relate to climate change and its impacts. Using sample projects, we will offer tips on how to design preservation projects that support climate action, such as the preventive conservation and adaptation of historic buildings and the application of cultural landscape preservation principles to protect bio-cultural and intangible heritage.

AFCP 2022 Engaging Communities Through Heritage Webinar

Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 9:00 a.m. EST

Registration Link

This webinar considers how to strengthen community engagement in cultural heritage preservation at the project design phase. Using sample projects, we will show how community centered, participatory approaches can improve your chances of achieving both your conservation and broader goals, such as empowering women textile workers and improving their livelihoods through the preservation of traditional handicrafts.

AFCP 2022 Heritage and Sustainable Development

Friday, November 19, 2021, 9:00 a.m. EST

Registration Link

This webinar focuses on cultural heritage preservation-based strategies for supporting sustainable development. Using sample projects, we will show how to integrate cultural

heritage preservation with sustainable development goals, as well as introduce some novel approaches for leveraging heritage in support of poverty alleviation and biodiversity conservation.