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Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2024
U.S. Embassy Suva is now accepting applications for the U.S. AFCP 2024 Grants Program!
November 29, 2023

U.S. Embassy Suva is now accepting applications for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2024 Grants Program! 

AFCP supports the preservation of historic buildings, archaeological sites, manuscripts, museum collections, and forms of traditional cultural expression, such as indigenous languages and crafts in more than 120 countries around the world.  Grants range from U.S. $10,000 to $500,000. Projects may range in length from one to five years.

Application Deadline:  Thursday, 21 December at Midnight 

Funding Areas:  The AFCP supports the preservation of archaeological sites, historic buildings and monuments, museum collections, and forms of traditional cultural expression, such as indigenous languages and crafts.  Project activities may include:

  • Anastylosis (reassembling a site from its original parts)
  • Conservation (addressing damage or deterioration to an object or site)
  • Consolidation (connecting or reconnecting elements of an object or site)
  • Documentation (recording in analog or digital format the condition and salient features of an object, site, or tradition)
  • Inventory (listing of objects, sites, or traditions by location, feature, age, or other unifying characteristic or state)
  • Preventive Conservation (addressing conditions that threaten or damage a site, object, collection, or tradition)
  • Restoration (replacing missing elements to recreate the original appearance of an object or site, usually appropriate only with fine arts, decorative arts, and historic buildings)
  • Stabilization (reducing the physical disturbance of an object or site)

Eligible Project Implementers:  May include non-governmental organizations, museums, educational institutions, ministries of culture, or similar institutions and organizations.  AFCP will not award grants to individuals or commercial entities.

Ineligible Activities and Unallowable Costs:  AFCP does not support the following activities or costs:

  • Preservation or purchase of privately funded cultural objects, collections, or real property
  • Preservation of natural heritage unless it has a cultural heritage connection.
  • Preservation of hominid or human remains
  • Preservation of news media (newspapers, newsreels, radio and TV programs, etc)
  • Development of curricula or education 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 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 form the country for any reason.
  • Digitization of cultural objects or collections, unless part of a larger, clearly defined conservation, documentation, or public diplomacy 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.
  • Costs of fund-raising campaigns.
  • Contingency, unforeseen, or miscellaneous costs and fees
  • Costs of work performed prior to announcement of the award unless allowable
  • International travel, except in cases where travel is justifiable as integral to the success of the proposed project or to provide project leaders with learning and exchange opportunities with cultural heritage experts.
  • Individuals projects costing less than US $10,000 or more than $500,000.
  • Independent U.S. projects overseas.


To apply for an AFCP grant for a project in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga or Tuvalu, please submit your completed application form – AFCP 2024 Grant Application to our Public Diplomacy team by Thursday, 21 December at:  PDSuva@state.gov.