Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

U.S. Mission to Zambia

28 December 2022
United States of America
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The U.S. Embassy in Lusaka is pleased to announce an open competition for organizations to submit ROUND 1 project proposals for funding through the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) to carry out an individual project to preserve cultural heritage in Zambia. The deadline for submitting ROUND 1 proposals to the U.S. Embassy in Lusaka is Wednesday, December 28, 2022. Submissions received after this date and time will NOT be considered.

AFCP was established to help countries preserve cultural heritage and to demonstrate U.S. respect for other cultures. The aim is to preserve cultural sites or objects that have historical or cultural significance to the people of Zambia.

Through the AFCP, the Department of State supports projects to preserve cultural heritage in the following three areas:

  • CULTURAL SITES: This might include (but is not limited to) historical buildings and sites, sacred places, monuments, and archaeological sites. Proposals in this category may involve, for example, restoration of an historic building, an archaeological survey as a component of a preservation plan, preservation management planning for a site, or documentation of sites in a region for preservation purposes.
  • CULTURAL OBJECTS AND COLLECTIONS: From a museum, cultural site, or similar institution. This includes archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, photographic and film collections, and general museum conservation activities. Proposals in this category may involve, for example, conservation treatment for an object or collection of objects; needs assessment of a collection with respect to its condition and strategies for improving its state of conservation; 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.
  • FORMS OF TRADITIONAL CULTURAL EXPRESSION: This includes traditional music, rituals, knowledge, languages, dance, drama, and crafts. Proposal in this category may involve documenting and audiovisual recording of traditional music and dance forms as part of a tradition expression and making the information and recordings available, or support for training in preservation or traditional arts or crafts that are threatened by extinction.

The U.S. Embassy in Lusaka will select proposals through a two-part process. Applicants must first submit a concept note, which is a concise, 3-page concept note designed to clearly communicate a program idea and its objectives before the development of a full proposal application.

The purpose of the Concept Note process is to allow applicants the opportunity to submit program ideas for the U.S. Embassy in Lusaka to evaluate prior to requiring the development of full proposal applications. Upon review of eligible SOIs, the U.S. Embassy in Lusaka, in consultation with the Cultural Heritage Center of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, will invite selected applicants to expand their ideas into full proposal applications.

How to submit a Concept Note:

**Please complete the Concept Note Form .

**Please provide a budget for your application.

Concept Notes Forms and budgets must be submitted by email to: LusakaPASGrants@state.gov by December 28, 2022.

For further information regarding the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation or for information on previously funded projects, please visit http://exchanges.state.gov/heritage/afcp.html


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