Suva, Fiji – 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, and projects may range in length from one to five years. The deadline to apply is Thursday, December 21 at midnight.
Past recipients and projects in the Pacific Island Region have included the Fiji Museum, Royal Tombs of Tonga, Bilo Battery – a Remnant of Fijian World War II Defenses, and the Lapita settlement at Bourewa.
In 2021, the Fiji Museum received a grant award of $202,259 to complete a digital inventory of the Fiji Museum collection focusing specifically on object, photographic and archival inventories. This project will complete a full documentation of the Fiji Museum’s holdings, promote online access and link Fiji’s diverse communities, as well as the world, to the Fiji Museum.
“Through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation, we have partnered with host country organizations to safeguard indigenous languages, refurbish historic buildings, and preserve artifacts. These cultural treasures inform future generations of their history and heritage and create lasting bonds between the people of our host countries and the people of the United States,” said Ambassador Marie Damour.
In 2023, the Ambassadors Fund selected 28 cultural heritage preservation projects for funding around the world. Since the program’s founding in 2001, the Ambassadors Fund has supported more than 1,200 projects to preserve monuments, collections, and intangible heritage in over 130 countries.
Visit the U.S. Embassy’s website to learn more and apply: https://fj.usembassy.gov/ambassadors-fund-for-cultural-preservation-afcp-2024/.