Call for Proposals- U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2020

Pieces of the Valdivia culture found in the province of Manabí and are now preserved in the Salango Research Center and Museum (CIMS) -project funded by the Ambassador Fund for Cultural Preservation (2018).

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS: December 15,  2019, 11:59 p.m..

The U.S. Embassy in Ecuador and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce the 2020 call for proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).

The Fund was established to help countries to preserve cultural heritage and to demonstrate U.S. respect for other cultures, their prosperity, and stability around the world.  Through the AFCP Program, the U.S. government supports projects ranging from $10,000 to $200,000 to preserve the cultural heritage of Ecuador in the following three areas:

  1. CULTURAL SITES:conservation of an ancient or historic building, preservation of an archaeological site, or documentation of cultural sites in a region for preservation purposes.
  1. CULTURAL OBJECTS AND COLLECTIONS: conservation needs assessments and treatment, inventory of a collection for conservation purposes, the creation of safe environments for storage or display of collections, or specialized training in the care and preservation of collections.
  1. FORMS OF TRADITIONAL CULTURAL EXPRESSION:documentation and audiovisual recording of traditional music, indigenous languages and dance forms for broad dissemination as the means of teaching and further preserving them, or support for training in the preservation of traditional applied arts or crafts in danger of extinction.

Additionally, proposals for projects that meet one or more of the following criteria will receive additional consideration:

  1. Support U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations
  2. Support projects promoting democracy, prosperity, and/or security in Ecuador.
  3. Support disaster risk reduction for cultural heritage in disaster-prone areas
  4. Support post-disaster cultural heritage recovery
  5. Preserve World Heritage sites
  6. Partner, connect with or feed into other ECA programs

PROJECT PERFORMANCE PERIOD: Proposed projects should be completed in 60 months or less.

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING SITES AND OBJECTS THAT HAVE A RELIGIOUS CONNECTION:  The establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution permits the government to include religious objects and sites within an aid program under certain conditions.  For example, an item with a religious connection (including a place of worship) may be the subject of a cultural preservation grant if the item derives its primary significance and is nominated solely on the basis of architectural, artistic, historical, or other cultural (not religious) criteria.

ELIGIBLE PROJECT APLICANTS:  eligible project applicants are 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, that are registered and active in and able to demonstrate that they have the requisite experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage.

INELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES AND UNALLOWABLE COSTS:  AFCP will NOT support the following activities or costs, and applications involving any of the activities or costs below will be deemed ineligible:

  1. 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
  2. Preservation of natural heritage (e.g., physical, biological, and geological formations,
  3. Paleontological collections, habitats of threatened species of animals and plants, fossils)
  4. Preservation of hominid or human remains
  5. Preservation of published materials available elsewhere (e.g., books, periodicals)
  6. Development of curricula or educational materials for classroom use
  7. Archaeological excavations or exploratory surveys for research purposes
  8. Historical research, except in cases where the research is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project
  9. Acquisition or creation of new exhibits, objects, or collections for new or existing museums
  10. Construction of new buildings, building additions, or permanent coverings (over archaeological sites, for example)
  11. Commissions of new works of art or architecture for commemorative or economic development purposes
  12. Creation of new or the modern adaptation of existing traditional dances, songs, chants, musical compositions, plays, or other performances
  13. Creation of replicas or conjectural reconstructions of cultural objects or sites that no longer exist. Removal of cultural objects or elements of cultural sites from the country for any reason
  14. Relocation of cultural sites from one physical location to another
  15. Removal of cultural objects or elements of cultural sites from the country for any reason
  16. Digitization of cultural objects or collections, unless part of a larger, clearly defined conservation or documentation effort
  17. Conservation plans or other studies, unless they are one component of a larger project to implement the results of those studies
  18. 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)
  19. Costs of fund-raising campaigns
  20. Contingency, unforeseen, or miscellaneous costs or fees
  21. Costs of work performed prior to announcement of the award unless allowable per 2 CFR 200.458 and approved by the Grants Officer
  22. International travel, except in cases where travel is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project
  23. Travel or study outside the host country for professional development
  24. Individual projects costing less than US $10,000 or more than $200,000
  25. Independent U.S. projects overseas

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:  Organizations interested in submitting proposals for the 2020 AFCP call must:

  1. Obtain a Dun & Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, a NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) code, and be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) prior to submitting applications. This process can take several weeks, therefore, we recommend to start the process as soon as possible, if the registrations is in process please send us the current status. (guide to obtain the codes is attached).
  1. Send proposals (attached electronic forms) in English to:

Public Affairs Office
United States Embassy in Quito