Black nationalist Marcus Garvey is shown in a military uniform as the 'Provisional President of Africa' during a parades up Lenox Avenue in Harlem, New York City, in August 1922, during the opening day exercises of the annual Convention of the Negro Peoples of the World. (AP Photo)

US Embassy calls for culture preservations proposals

US Embassy calls for culture preservations proposals




The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce “Requests for Proposals” for the 2015 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The Fund was created by the U.S. Congress in 2001 and it aims to provide grant awards to preserve cultural heritage around the world, ranging from the renovation of historical monuments and restoration of artefacts to the documentation of traditional cultural expression. The awards range from small grants – US$10,000 to US$30,000 – to large grants – US$100,000 to US$200,000. Projects can range from one to three years.

Since its inception, the AFCP has given out over U.S. $12 million in support of almost 500 projects worldwide, illustrating the commitment of the United States to help people around the world preserve and protect their rich cultural traditions. In establishing the fund, the U.S. Congress noted, “Cultural preservation offers an opportunity to show a different American face to other countries, one that is non-commercial, non-political, and non-military. By taking a leading role in efforts to preserve cultural heritage, we show our respect for other cultures.”
In Jamaica, the fund is administered by the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section. Under the 2015 “Requests for Proposals”, the awards range from small grants – US$10,000 to US$30,000 – to large grants – US$100,000 to US$200,000. Projects can range from one to three years.

Past local grant-awards have been issued for several initiatives including the:

· Preservation of the Writings of Marcus Garvey – 2001
· Preventative Conservation of Taino Amulets and Other Ethnographic Objects at the
Institute of Jamaica – 2004
· Conservation of the Collections of the National Gallery of Jamaica – 2006
· Restoration of Five Historic Paintings in the National Gallery of Jamaica – 2008
· Conservation of the Enos Nuttall Manuscripts Collection of the National Library of
Jamaica – 2009
· Preventive Conservation of the Collections of the National Museum of Jamaica – 2014
For more details on the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, visit the U.S. Embassy’s website at http://kingston.usembassy.gov.

Deadline for submission of proposals is Monday, December 1, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. Applications should be emailed under the subject heading
“2015 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation” to kingstongrants@state.gov.

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