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27.10.2020 666 Views
The U.S. Embassy in Chisinau is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2021 Grants Competition of the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).
The Ambassadors Fund was established by the U.S. Congress in 2000 to help countries preserve their cultural heritage and to demonstrate U.S. respect for different cultures around the world. The minimum amount of an award is $10,000, and the maximum is $500,000. The AFCP has provided over one million dollars in grants to fund projects throughout Moldova over the last two decades. These grants have helped to record traditional forms of Moldovan music and dance, build a Visitors Center and preserve the medieval bath complex in Orhei Vechi, conserve the Treasury Room Objects at the National History Museum of Moldova, preserve old and rare books at the National Library of Moldova, preserve Gagauz folklore, customs and rituals, and most recently is helping to preserve the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Church in Causeni.
This year a two-round application process is implemented. During Round 1, eligible project implementers will submit a concept note focused on objectives that may be accomplished through the proposed project. The embassies invited to participate in Round 2 will flesh out the technical aspects of the proposed project and submit a full application by no later than March 22, 2021.
The deadline for submitting electronically Round 1 concept notes in English to the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau is 5:30 pm on Monday, November 23, 2020. The Round 1 results will be announced on or around January 15, 2021.
The Ambassadors Fund supports the preservation of archaeological sites, historic buildings and monuments, museum collections, and forms of traditional cultural expression, such as indigenous languages and crafts. Appropriate project activities may include:
In 2021, the U.S. Embassy will give preference to projects that do one or more of the following:
The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation does NOT support the following:
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 or collections for new or existing museums;
Î. Construction of new buildings, building additions, or permanent coverings (over archaeological sites, for example);
Eligible project implementers must be reputable and accountable non-commercial entities that are able to demonstrate they have the requisite capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage. Eligible implementers may include non-governmental organizations, museums, educational institutions, ministries of culture, or similar institutions and organizations, including U.S.-based educational institutions and organizations subject to Section 501(c)(3) of the tax code. The AFCP will not award grants to individuals, commercial entities, or past award recipients that have not fulfilled the objectives or reporting requirements of previous awards.
The Ambassadors' Fund strongly encourages cost-sharing, in-kind contributions, and other forms of financial participation.
Special note on religious sites and objects:
The establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution permits the government to include religious objects and sites within an aid programme 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.
Round 1 Concept Note Requirements (Deadline: November 23, 2020):
The deadline for concept note submission is close of business (5:30pm) on Monday, November 23, 2020. Concept notes must clearly address the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity, must be written in English and submitted electronically to the e-mail address listed below. If unsure of the project eligibility please call the programme coordinator Alexandru Leanca. Incomplete concept notes will not be reviewed.
The contact person for this programme is Alexandru Leanca, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; tel: 069126372