Ambassadors’ Funds for Cultural Preservation

Close-up of altar. (State Dept.)
Nandaime Church Altar Restoration Detail

The Embassy of the United States of America Offers Funds for the Nicaraguan Cultural Preservation AFCP – Period 2015-2016

The Embassy of the United States of America in Managua is accepting project proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors’ Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2016 competition. This program has the purpose to support projects to protect and preserve the Nicaraguan culture and patrimony. The funds to preserve the cultural heritage range from $10,000 to $200,000.00 USD to support projects from 12 to 18 months.


The Ambassadors’ Fund for Cultural Preservation was established by the United States Congress in 2001, reflected in the Conference Report on the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.  The Senate’s report on this bill noted that “the preservation of cultural heritage offers an opportunity to show a different American face to the world, one that is non-commercial, non-political, and non-military.  By taking the leadership in the efforts to preserve the cultural heritage, we demonstrate our respect for other cultures in the world.”  The Department of State of the United State of America has de responsibility to support the implementation of the AFCP in the developing countries.

Two men restoring altar. (State Dept.)
Altar Restoration Work at Nandaime Church

The AFCP support preservation projects in the following categories:

A)  Cultural Sites – Such as, but not limited to, historic buildings and archaeological sites.

B)  Cultural Objects and Collections from a museum, site, or similar institutions – that include, but are not limited to, archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, and general museum conservation needs; and ,

C)  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.

Who can apply?:  NGOs, museums, ministries, foundations, and institutions protecting the cultural heritage. The program will give consideration to proposals that can offer sharing costs with local funds and from other sources, such as governmental, international organizations, private sector, etc.

Please find all the details on how to apply on our spanish site on our Spanish section