AFCP Large Grants Competition

The Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Large Grants Program supports large scale, partnership-based projects to preserve significant cultural heritage sites in Sudan.


The deadline for submitting detailed project abstracts for Round 1 is January 4,2018 5:30 PM.

This opportunity consists of two application rounds. Round 1 is for collecting detailed project abstracts and Round 2 is for selected applicants to submit their full proposals.

Floor (Minimum) on Amount of Awards:  $200,000 per project.

Since 2008, awards made through this program for new large-scale projects have ranged from $200,000 to $979,000 with an average award amount of $480,000.


The deadline for submitting detailed project abstracts is January 4,2018 5:30 PM. Please see the Round 1 Project Abstract Requirement section below for details.

Proposal must be submitted in English in word format to the following address: (Subject: AFCP Large Grants Competition 2018)

Please do not send RAR format zip documents. Please send separate emails if the application doesn`t fit in one email. Proposals sent to any other address will be deemed ineligible.

Please note that only the winning applicants will be contacted. Due to the volume of applicants and inquiries, we don`t accept letters of intent, concept papers, or requests for meetings or phone calls prior to application.


Only reputable and accountable noncommercial 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 able to demonstrate that they have the requisite experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage can apply. The applicants are also required to have previous large-scale international project experience.

AFCP does not award grants to individuals, commercial entities, or to embassies or past award recipients who have not fulfilled the objectives or reporting requirements of previous AFCP awards.

Funding Areas:

The AFCP Large Grants Program supports the preservation of major ancient archaeological sites, historic buildings and monuments, and major museum collections that are accessible to the public and protected by law in Sudan. Appropriate project activities may include:

Preventive conservation (addressing conditions that damage or threaten the site)

Stabilization (reducing the physical disturbance [settling, collapse, etc.] of a site)

Conservation (addressing damage or deterioration to a collection or sites)

Consolidation (connecting or reconnecting elements of a site)

Anastylosis (reassembling a site from its original parts)

Restoration (replacing missing elements to recreate the original appearance of a site, usually appropriate only with fine arts, decorative arts, and historic buildings)

Special priorities of 2018 competition:

U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations, such as cultural property agreements

Disaster risk reduction for cultural heritage in seismically active and other disaster-prone areas

Post-disaster cultural heritage recovery

Preservation of inscribed World Heritage sites


The project abstract must include the following items:

  1. Full and complete Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424), including Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424A), Assurances for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424B), and, if applicable, Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL)
  2. Project basics, including title, project dates, location, and site
  3. Project applicant information, including contact information, DUNS Number, and SAM registration status
  4. Special designations (national monument, World Heritage Site, etc.)
  5. Law(s) protecting the site or collection (citations only)
  6. Project purpose that summarizes the project objectives and desired results
  7. Statement of importance highlighting the historic, architectural, artistic, or cultural (non-religious) values of the site or collection


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

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;

Preservation of natural heritage (physical, biological, and geological formations, paleontological collections, habitats of threatened species of animals and plants, fossils, etc.);

Preservation of hominid or human remains;

Preservation of news media (newspapers, newsreels, radio and TV programs, etc.);

Preservation of published materials available elsewhere (books, periodicals, etc.);

Development of curricula or educational materials for classroom use;

Archaeological excavations or exploratory surveys for research purposes;

Historical research, except in cases where the research is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project;

Acquisition or creation of new exhibits, objects, or collections for new or existing museums;

Construction of new buildings, building additions, or permanent coverings (over archaeological sites, for example);

Commissions of new works of art or architecture for commemorative or economic development purposes;

Creation of new or the modern adaptation of existing traditional dances, songs, chants, musical compositions, plays, or other performances;

Creation of replicas or conjectural reconstructions of cultural objects or sites that no longer exist;

Relocation of cultural sites from one physical location to another;

Removal of cultural objects or elements of cultural sites from the country for any reason;

Digitization of cultural objects or collections, unless part of a larger, clearly defined conservation or documentation effort;

Conservation plans or other studies, unless they are one component of a larger project to implement the results of those studies;

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);

Costs of fund-raising campaigns;

Contingency, unforeseen, or miscellaneous costs or fees;

Costs of work performed prior to announcement of the award unless allowable per 2 CFR 200.458 and approved by the grants officer;

International travel, except in cases where travel is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project;

Travel or study outside the host country for professional development;

Independent U.S. projects overseas.