Call for Proposals – Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2018 Small Grants Program

Call for Proposals – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation: 2018 Small Grants Program
Application Deadline: January 12, 2018

Federal Awarding Agency: U.S. Embassy Suva Announcement Type: Grant Notice Funding Opportunity Title: Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 19.025 — Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Application Deadline: January 12, 2018 Total Funding: Ranging from $10,000 to $200,000 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 that are able to demonstrate that they have the requisite experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION
The U.S. Embassy in 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. 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 $10,000 per project. Ceiling on Amount of Individual Awards: $200,000 per project.

GOALS OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY The Fund was established to help countries preserve their cultural heritage. For Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu, it is aimed at preserving cultural sites and objects that have historical or cultural significance. 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. AFCP gives top priority to project activities that adhere to the program guidelines and to international standards for the preservation of cultural heritage. These activities may include: Cultural Sites: conservation of an ancient or historic building, preservation of an archaeological site, or documentation of cultural sites in a region for preservation purposes. Cultural Objects and Collections: 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 and protection 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: documentation and audiovisual recording of traditional music and dance forms for broad dissemination as the means of teaching and further preserving them, or support for training in the preservation of traditional applied arts or crafts in danger of extinction.

FUNDING PRIORITIES—SPECIFIC TO THE AFCP 2018 ANNUAL COMPETITION Proposals for projects that meet one or more of the following criteria will receive consideration in FY 2018:
1. U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations, such as cultural property protection 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.

APPLICATON DEADLINE The deadline for submitting a proposal (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 2017 (Small Grants Program) Email: usembsuva@gmail.com

APPLICATION
Project proposals must include or address 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 Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL);
2. Project Basics, including title, project dates, AFCP focus area, and other top-level information;
3. Project Applicant information, including contact information, DUNS Number, and SAM registration. ***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. Project Location;
5. Proof of Official Permission to undertake the project;
6. Project Purpose that briefly explains the project objectives and desired results;
7. Project Activities Description that presents the project tasks in chronological order;
8. Project Time Frame or Schedule that lists the major project phases and milestones with target dates for achieving them (NOTE: Applicants may propose project periods of up to 60 months [five years]; projects must begin before September 30, 2017, and conclude no later than September 30, 2022);
9. Project Participant Information, specifically an estimated number of non-US and US participants and estimated number of primary and secondary participants, as well as resumes of the proposed project director and other primary project participants;
10. Statement of Importance highlighting the historic, architectural, artistic, or cultural (non-religious) values of the cultural site, collection, or form of traditional expression;
11. Statement of Urgency indicating the severity of the situation and explaining why the project must take place now;
12. Statement of Sustainability outlining the steps or measures that will be taken to maintain the site, object, or collection in good condition after the AFCP-supported project is complete; or, in the case of forms of traditional cultural expression, to preserve and disseminate the documentation, knowledge, or skills gained from the project;
13. Detailed Project Budget, demarcated in one-year budget periods (2018, 2019, 2020, etc.), that lists all costs in separate categories according to the budget line item in SF-424A (Personnel, Fringe Benefits, Travel [including Per Diem], Equipment, Supplies, Contractual, Other Direct Costs, Indirect Costs, Cost Sharing); indicates funds from other sources; and gives a justification for any anticipated international travel costs (templates available upon request from the Center). See budget worksheet at the last page of this announcement. Attach a detailed budget as necessary.
14. Budget Narrative explaining line by line how costs are estimated (quantity x unit cost, annual salary x percentage of time spent on project, etc.) and unique budget line items;
15. Attachments and Supporting Documents including, at a minimum and REQUIRED, five (5) high quality digital images (JPEGs) or audiovisual files that convey the nature and condition of the site, object, or form of expression and, in the case of a site or object, show the urgency or need for the proposed project (collapsing wall, water damage, worn fabric, broken handle, etc.), any historic structure reports, conservation needs assessments, and other planning documents compiled in preparation for the proposed project;
16. Media and Outreach Plan, describing how you intend to highlight the U.S. government support (your organization website, social media site, and press coverage of any significant activity during the project. Recipient must also coordinate with the U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh Public Affairs Section (PAS) on any media outreach of the project where feasible.
17. Risk Assessment of factors and/or challenges that may affect the implementation of the project and measures to tackle such issues.
18. Monitoring Plan, describing how you intend to monitor project progress and to keep up with the project timeline. Recipient will be responsible for administering, running and reporting on the program. Embassy staff should be invited to participate in various program activities. Schedules and speaker details, if any, should be shared with and vetted by PAS.

COST SHARING AND OTHER FORMS OF COST PARTICIPATION There is no minimum or maximum percentage of cost sharing required for this competition. However, AFCP encourages cost sharing, in-kind contributions, and other forms of cost participation. When cost sharing is offered, it is understood and agreed that the applicant must provide the amount of cost sharing as stipulated in its proposal and later included in an approved agreement. Cost sharing may be in the form of allowable direct or indirect costs. For accountability, you must maintain written records to support all costs which are claimed as your contribution, as well as costs to be paid by the U.S. government. Such records are subject to audit.

REVIEW PROCESS PAS will review all proposals for technical eligibility as well as program design based on the criteria contained in this request for grant proposals. Proposal will be screen against the lists of AFCP program-specific ineligible activities, costs, and applicants (see above relevant section. All applications will be rated based on the program funding priorities; the quality, soundness, and comprehensiveness of the proposed project and budget; the urgency of the proposed project; the quantity and quality of supporting materials, such as resumes of key project participants, images of the resource, and notices of official permission from the responsible resource steward, such as the Ministry of Culture. Following is AFCP Point-Based Rating System: Program Planning (Purpose and Summary, Description, Time Frame, Importance): 20 points max. A detailed work plan should clearly demonstrate how project objectives would be achieved. Urgency: 10 points max Sustainability: 10 points max Rational for U.S. Support: 15 points max Media and Outreach Plan: 15 points max Budget and Budget Narrative: 15 points max Supporting Materials: 15 points max

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.

INELIGIBLE 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. Individual projects costing less than $10,000;
Y. 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.