2019 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

Deadline for Submitting Applications for the 2019 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation: December 7, 2018

The Embassy of the United States of America in Tegucigalpa is accepting project proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2019 Small Grants Competition.  The purpose of this program is to support projects to protect and preserve the cultural patrimony of Honduras. The funds for projects range from $10,000 to $200,000.00 to be carried out for 12 to 18 months.  The deadline for submitting applications in English to the Public Affairs Section at tggafcp@state.gov is December 7, 2018.


Applicants 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:  Applicants may acquire DUNs numbers at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNs number request line at 1-866-705-5711 or by requesting a number online at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.   Non-U.S. based applicants may request a NCAGE code at https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/scage/CageList.aspx . SAM is the official, free on-line registration database for the U.S. government. SAM.gov replaced the Central Contractor Registration (CCR), the Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), and the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) in July 2012. SAM.gov collects, validates, stores, and disseminates data in support of federal agency acquisition and grant award mission.

Registration in SAM is free: https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/


Established by Congress in 2001, the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (Irvin please include hyperlink) aims to assist countries such as Honduras in preserving museum collections, ancient and historic sites and traditional forms of expression. Since its inception, the program has supported more than 1,000 projects worldwide.

To date, Honduras has been the recipient of nine grants covering a broad range of vital cultural preservation projects throughout the country:

  • Conservation of the 18th-century Altarpiece of the Virgin of the Rosary at Comayagua Cathedral
  • Conservation of 18th-Century Ethnographic Objects in the Collection of Comayagua CathedralAFCP_2018_Budget.xlsx
  • Preservation of Cultural Patrimony in Comayagua and Santa Rosa de Copan
  • Development of Cerro Palenque: The North Coast-Santa Barbara Cultural Circuit
  • Preservation of the Archaeological Site of Curruste
  • Protection and Development of the Rock Art Cultural Itinerary of Honduras
  • The Voice and Image of the Indigenous and Garifuna People of Honduras
  • Educating Tawahka Teachers
  • The Garifuna: Rescuing Cultural Roots through Language Protection

The AFCP supports preservation projects in the following categories:

  • 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 from a museum, site, or similar institution—that include, but are not limited to, archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, and general museum conservation needs; 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, indigenous languages 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

Who can apply:

Non-governmental organizations, museums, ministries of culture, and institutions protecting the cultural patrimony of Honduras, 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 experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage.  The program will give consideration to proposals that can offer cost sharing with local funds and from other sources, such as governmental, international organizations, private sector, etc.

Please send an email to tggafcp@state.gov to request documents for application.