2019 U.S Embassy Cairo AFCP Small Grants Competition

Deadline: November 30, 2018.

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo is accepting proposals for preserving Egypt’s priceless heritage through the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). AFCP has funded preservation of museum collections, cultural practice, and heritage sites that spans Egypt’s history.

The AFCP Small Grants Competition supports the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects and collections, and forms of traditional cultural expression. Appropriate project activities may include:

  • In the case of 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.
  • In the case of cultural objects and collections: conservation treatment for an object or collection of objects from a museum, site, or similar institution—that include, but are not limited to, archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, and general museum conservation needs; needs assessment of a collection with respect to its condition and strategies for improving its state of conservation; inventory of a collection for conservation and protection purposes; the creation of safe environments for storage or display of collections; or specialized training in the care and preservation of collections.
  • In the case of 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.


Applications for projects that directly support one or more of the following will receive additional consideration in FY 2019:

  • U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations, such as cultural property agreements.
  • U.S. Embassy Integrated Country Strategy (ICS) goals.
  • Disaster risk reduction for cultural heritage in disaster-prone areas.
  • Post-disaster cultural heritage recovery.
  • Preservation of inscribed World Heritage sites.



The Cultural Heritage Center, which selects projects to be funded under AFCP, defines eligible project applicants as reputable and accountable non-commercial entities, such as nongovernmental 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 SAM.gov and able to demonstrate that they have the requisite experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage.



AFCP small grants range from a floor of $10,000 to a maximum of $200,000 per project.




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