U.S. Embassy Announces Call for Proposals For 2017 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

Released on November 17, 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh is pleased to announce the 2017 call for proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Small and Large Grants Programs. Applications may be submitted by any eligible non-commercial entity. The deadline for the Embassy to receive proposals is December 31, 2016. Complete information is available here.

The AFCP was established by the U.S. Congress in 2000 to help preserve at-risk tangible and intangible cultural heritage in less developed countries, including Cambodia. The program is managed by the Cultural Heritage Center in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The United States is proud to support Cambodia’s efforts to protect, document, and share its extraordinary cultural heritage. Over the last 15 years, the U.S. government has invested nearly $4 million on a variety of cultural heritage programs, from documenting classical dance techniques to countering illegal looting to preserving historic sites like the Phnom Bakheng temple in Angkor.

Since 2001, Cambodia has received 18 grants from the AFCP totaling more than $2.9 million. The largest single program in AFCP’s history was a 2008 grant for $979,000 to continue the ongoing work at Phnom Bakheng, which is being carried out by the World Monuments Fund in cooperation with the APSARA Authority.

The most recent AFCP grant to Cambodia will support the documentation of 6th and 7th century pre-Angkorian sites in Cambodia’s southern provinces. The agreement was signed by Ambassador Heidt and Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeung Sackona in September at Phnom Da in Takeo province.