AFCP 2024 Program Grant Application Announcement

Funding Opportunity Title:                U.S. Embassy Sofia 2024 Ambassador Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP 2024)
Funding Opportunity Number:         PDS-AFCP-FY24-01-SOFIA
Deadline for Applications:                 January 8, 2024
Maximum for Each Award:                $10,000 to $500,000


The U.S.  Embassy Sofia Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) is pleased to announce an open competition for organizations to submit proposals for funding through the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The application process involves two rounds.  In Round 1, the U.S. Embassy will collect project ideas from eligible applicants in the form of concept notes, due by January 08, 2024, to using the subject line “AFCP Application for Round 1.”  Only applicants with promising ideas in Round 1 will be notified of the next steps in the application process.

Project Objectives: 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)


Closing Date for applications: January 8, 2024
Funding Type: Grant
Award amounts: $10,000 to $500,000
Length of performance period: 12 to 60 months

This notice is subject to availability of funding.  U.S. Embassy Sofia does not guarantee availability of funding by receiving applications under this announcement.


Eligible Applicants/Implementers
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 (NGO’s), 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.

Cost Sharing or Matching:
Cost sharing is encouraged by not required.

Other Eligibility Requirements:
Potential implementers must be registered and active in the U.S. government’s System for Award Management (SAM) to receive U.S. federal assistance. If an embassy’s project idea is advanced to Round 2 and the anticipated implementer is not registered in SAM, the embassy should initiate the registration process immediately so that it is in place in the event the project is ultimately selected for an award. See paragraph 23 below for information on how to register. The registration process can take several weeks to complete so it is important to avoid any delay.

For more information and full instructions on how to apply please visit: AFCP-2024-Grants-Program-Application-Guide-for-Applicants (PDF 173 KB)