Call for Proposals – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2018 Large Grants Program Federal

Call for Proposals – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2018 Large Grants Program Federal

Federal Awarding Agency: U.S. Embassy Suva Announcement Type: Grant Notice Funding Opportunity Title: Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Large Grants Program Application Deadline: Project abstracts, see application guidelines below, shall be submitted by January 12, 2018. Only select project abstract(s), approved by Washington, will be notified in February and invited to submit a full proposal sometime in early March. Total Funding: Ranging from $200,000 to $979,000 with an average award amount of $480,000. Anticipated Award Date: July 2018 Anticipated Project Completion Date: Within 5 years Eligible Applicants: AFCP defines eligible project applicants as reputable and accountable non-commercial 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 registered and active in SAM.gov and able to demonstrate that they have the requisite experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION The U.S. Suva and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce the fiscal year 2018 call for proposals for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Large Grants Program. The Fund is aimed at preserving cultural sites or objects that have historical or cultural significance for Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu. Floor on Amount of Individual Awards: US $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.

GOALS OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY The Fund was established to help countries preserve their cultural heritage. The projects selected to receive funding through the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) will advance U.S. diplomatic goals and demonstrate the depth of U.S. respect for the cultural heritage of Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu. Proposals shall advance U.S. foreign policy objectives and demonstrate American leadership in the preservation and protection of cultural heritage around the world.

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 the host country. Appropriate project activities may include:
Preventive conservation (addressing conditions that damage or threaten the site)
1. Stabilization (reducing the physical disturbance [settling, collapse, etc.] of a site)  Conservation (addressing damage or deterioration to a collection or sites) 2. Consolidation (connecting or reconnecting elements of a site)
3. Anastylosis (reassembling a site from its original parts)
4.Restoration (replacing missing elements to recreate the original appearance of a site, usually appropriate only with the arts, decorative arts, and historic buildings)

FUNDING PRIORITIES – SPECIFIC TO THE AFCP 2018 ANNUAL COMPETITION Applications for projects that directly support one or more of the following will receive additional consideration in FY 2018:
1. U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations, such as cultural property agreements
2. Disaster risk reduction for cultural heritage in seismically active and other disaster-prone areas
3. Post-disaster cultural heritage recovery
4. Preservation of inscribed World Heritage sites

APPLICATION DEADLINE The application process for the AFCP Large Grants Program takes place in two rounds: project abstract (Round 1) and full proposal (Round 2). The deadline for submitting a project abstract (Round 1) (in English) is January 12, 2018. Proposals shall be submitted in both paper and soft copy to: Public Affairs Section (PAS), U.S. Embassy Suva, 158 Princes Rd., Tamavua, Suva, Fiji Re: Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2018 Large Grants Program; Email: usembsuva@gmail.com Only select project abstract(s), approved by Washington, will be notified and invited to submit a full proposal (Round 2) sometime in February 2018. Information required in Round 2 is referenced in the last part of this announcement.

APPLICATION The project abstract must include the following:
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; ***DUNS NUMBER AND SAM REGISTRATION Applicants requesting $25,000 or more in federal assistance must have a Dun & Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, a NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) code, and be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) prior to submitting applications. NOTE: This process can take weeks/months, especially for non-U.S. applicants. Applicants may acquire DUNS numbers at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free number request line at 1-866-705-5711 or by request a number online at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform. None U.S. based applicants may request a NCAGE code
at https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/scage/CageList.aspx . SAM is the official free online registration database for the U.S. SAM.gov collects, validates, stores, and disseminates data in support of federal agency acquisition and grant award mission. Registration in SAM is free.
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 result;
7. Statement of Importance highlighting the historic, architectural, artistic, or cultural (non-religious) values of the site or collection.

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING SITES AND OBJECTS THAT HAVE A RELIGIOUS CONNECTION
The establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution permits the government to include religious objects and sites within an aid program under certain conditions. For example, an item with a religious connection (including a place of worship) may be the subject of a cultural preservation grant if the item derives its primary significance and is nominated solely on the basis of architectural, artistic, historical, or other cultural (not religious) criteria. Posts considering preservation projects with a religious connection are encouraged to contact the Cultural Heritage Center at (202) 632-6308 or perschlermj@state.gov with any questions.

INELIGIBILE ACTIVITIES AND UNALLOWABLE COSTS AFCP will NOT support the following activities or costs, and applications involving any of the activities or costs below will be deemed ineligible:
A. 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;
B. Preservation of natural heritage (physical, biological, and geological formations, paleontological collections, habitats of threatened species of animals and plants, fossils, etc.);
C. Preservation of hominid or human remains;
D. Preservation of news media (newspapers, newsreels, radio and TV programs, etc.);
E. Preservation of published materials available elsewhere (books, periodicals, etc.);
F. Development of curricula or educational materials for classroom use;
G. Archaeological excavations or exploratory surveys for research purposes;
H. Historical research, except in cases where the research is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project;
I. Acquisition or creation of new exhibits, objects, or collections for new or existing museums;
J. Construction of new buildings, building additions, or permanent coverings (over archaeological sites, for example);
K. Commissions of new works of art or architecture for commemorative or economic development purposes;
L. Creation of new or the modern adaptation of existing traditional dances, songs, chants, musical compositions, plays, or other performances;
M. Creation of replicas or conjectural reconstructions of cultural objects or sites that no longer exist;
N. Relocation of cultural sites from one physical location to another;
O. Removal of cultural objects or elements of cultural sites from the country for any reason;
P. Digitization of cultural objects or collections, unless part of a larger, clearly defined conservation or documentation effort;
Q. Conservation plans or other studies, unless they are one component of a larger project to implement the results of those studies;
R. 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);
S. Costs of fund-raising campaigns;
T. Contingency, unforeseen, or miscellaneous costs or fees;
U. Costs of work performed prior to announcement of the award unless allowable per 2 CFR 200.458 and approved by the grants officer;
V. International travel, except in cases where travel is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project;
W. Travel or study outside the host country for professional development;
X. Independent U.S. projects overseas.

INELIGIBLE PROJECT APPLICANTS AFCP does not award grants to individuals, entities, or past award recipients who have not fulfilled the objectives or the reporting requirements of previous AFCP awards. AWARD INFORMATION Funding Instrument Type: Grant (Program Authority: Fulbright Hays Section 102(b)(5), as amended). Floor on Amount of Individual Awards: US $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 application process for the AFCP Large Grants Program takes place in two rounds: project abstract (Round 1) and full proposal (Round 2). Only selected project abstract(s), approved by Washington, will be notified and invited to submit a full proposal (Round 2) sometime in February 2018.