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    The United States Embassy in Rabat is now accepting project proposals for the 2015 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) competition.

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    Introduction

    The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) program was established by the United States Congress in 2001. To date, the Ambassadors Fund has supported more than 500 projects worldwide, totaling more than $14 million.

    Examples of the types of projects funded worldwide include technical support for the restoration of historic buildings; assessment and conservation of museum collections; archaeological site preservation; documentation to save threatened traditional crafts; improved storage conditions for archives and manuscripts; and documentation of indigenous languages.

    Morocco is one of the countries qualified to participate in this program.  Grants last year ranged from USD $10,000 to USD $200,000.  Larger grants may be awarded for exceptional projects.

    The United States Embassy in Rabat is pleased to invite cultural heritage preservation proposals for 2015.  The deadline for submission of proposals is December 1st, 2014.  Organizations that would like to submit proposals for the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation should review carefully the following key points before responding. 

    Types of Projects

    AFCP supports projects to preserve cultural heritage in the following three categories:

    -  Cultural sites including (but is not limited to) historic buildings and sites, sacred places, monuments, and archaeological sites;

    -  Cultural objects and collections from a museum, site, or similar institution including archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, photographic and film collections, and general museum conservation activities;

    -  Forms of traditional cultural expression including traditional music, rituals, knowledge, languages, dance, drama, and crafts.


    IMPORTANT NOTE:

    Proposals for projects that meet one or more of the following criteria will receive special consideration in FY 2013:
    A.      Directly support U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations, such as cultural property protection agreements;
    B.      Strengthen capacity in country to preserve and protect cultural heritage;
    C.      Support the preservation of inscribed World Heritage sites;
    D.     Advance long-term cultural preservation objectives, lay the groundwork for subsequent AFCP-supported activities, or encourage the continued or expanded application of proven methods at the project site or elsewhere; and
    E.      Engage women, youth, or under-served communities.

    Proposal Requirements

    It is preferable to submit proposals in English.  Project proposals must include the following:

    A.      Project Basics, including title, project dates, AFCP focus area, and other top-level information;
    B.      Project Applicant information, including contact information;

    C.     Project Location;
    D.     Proof of Official Permission to undertake the project and the endorsement and support of the appropriate national authority;
    E.      Project Purpose that briefly explains the project objectives and desired results;
    F.     Project Activities Description that explains how the applicant intends to achieve the project objectives and results, presents proposed tasks in a logical order, and describes how those tasks directly contribute towards achieving the project objectives and results;
    G.     Project Time Frame or Schedule that identifies the major project phases and milestones, with performance target dates for achieving them (NOTE: Applicants may propose project performance periods of up to 60 months [five years] with five budget periods of one year each; projects must begin before September 30, 2015, and
    conclude no later than September 30, 2019);
    H.       Project Participant Information, specifically an estimated number of non-US and US participants and estimated number of primary and secondary participants, as well as resumes of the proposed project director and other primary project participants, which demonstrate that the applying entity (ministry of culture, NGO, etc.) has assembled the requisite experience and the capacity to carry out projects to preserve cultural heritage;
    I.        Statement of Importance highlighting the historic, architectural, artistic, or cultural (non-religious) values of the cultural site, object, collection, or form of traditional expression;
    J.      Statement of Urgency indicating the severity of the situation and explaining why the project must take place now;
    K.       Statement of Sustainability outlining the steps or measures that will be taken to maintain the site, object, or
    collection in good condition after the AFCP-supported project is complete; or, in the case of forms of traditional cultural expression, to preserve and disseminate the documentation, knowledge, or skills either resulting or gained from the project;
    L.   Detailed project narrative and budget, demarcated in one-year budget periods (2015, 2016, 2017, etc.), that lists all costs in separate categories (Personnel, Fringe Benefits, Travel [including Per Diem], Equipment, Supplies, Contractual, Other Direct Costs, Cost Sharing); indicates funds from other sources; and gives a justification for any anticipated international travel costs;
    M.     Attachments and supporting documents, including, at minimum and REQUIRED, five (5) high quality digital images (JPEGs) or audiovisual files that convey the nature and condition of the site, object, or form of expression and, in the case of a site or object, show the urgency or need for the proposed project (collapsing wall, water damage, worn fabric, broken handle, etc), any historic structure reports, conservation needs assessments, and other planning documents compiled in preparation for the proposed project;

    Contact

    For more information on AFCP please visit: http://exchanges.state.gov/afcp.

    This program is an international competition.  Full implementation of the program is pending the availability of FY 2015 funds.

    Proposals are due by December 1st, 2014 via e-mail to rabatgrants@state.gov with the words “AFCP 2014” in the subject line.

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                                    Souissi, Rabat 10170, Morocco


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