U.S. Embassy to Fund Bulgarian Cultural Preservation Projects: Call for Proposals

The United States Embassy is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2017 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).  AFCP is an annual competitive, worldwide program dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage.

AFCP supports preservation projects in the following three categories:

  1. Cultural Sites including (but not limited to) historic buildings and sites, sacred places, monuments, and archaeological sites.
  2. Cultural Objects and Collections from a museum, site, or similar institution which has archaeological and/or ethnographic objects, paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, photographic and film collections, and general museum conservation activities.
  3. Forms of traditional cultural expression including traditional music, rituals, knowledge, languages, dance, drama, and crafts.

Last year’s project awards ranged from US $21,400 to US $140,000.

Maximum Length of Project:
24 months (two years) with two 12-month budget periods.

Grantees: Grantees (organizations which can receive AFCP grants) must be a non-governmental organization, museum, Ministry of Culture, or similar non-commercial institution.

Cost Sharing: The Embassy encourages cost-sharing, contributions in kind, and other forms of cost participation.

How to apply: Further information about the specific proposal requirements and where to send the proposals can be found on Embassy’s website (PDF 113 KB).

Deadline: The deadline for submitting project proposals is January 2, 2017.

AFCP was created by the United States Government in 2001 to help preserve cultural heritage around the world.  Since 2001, AFCP has awarded over $36 million in grants for more than 700 cultural heritage protection projects in over 120 countries.  Every year, U.S. Embassies around the word issue a call for project proposals.

Since 2002, AFCP grants to Bulgarian cultural sites have totaled $900,380.