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U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) – Applications Now Closed
Demonstrating leadership in cultural preservation, respecting other cultures
December 11, 2023


The 2024 application process closed on January 15, 2024.  


The United States established the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation in 2001 to demonstrate American leadership in the preservation of cultural heritage around the world and show our respect for other cultures.

Since 2003, the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in South Africa has fostered partnerships with South African cultural institutions and leaders through 19 projects, representing an investment of $1,414,818 in cultural conservation, preservation, and restoration across the country.  More information is available here.

The program supports projects to preserve a wide range of cultural heritage sites, including:

Cultural Objects and Collections  

  • Archaeological Collections    
  • Ethnographic Objects    
  • General Museum Conservation    
  • Manuscripts    
  • Paintings and Sculpture  

Cultural Sites   

  • Archaeological Sites   
  • Historic Buildings and Sites

Forms of Traditional Cultural Expression   

  • Craft  
  • Dance   
  • Drama   
  • Language   
  • Music   
  • Ceremony  
  • Traditional Knowledge    

For more information contact U.S. Embassy Cultural Affairs office on PretoriaCulturalSection@state.gov


Map of AFCP funded cultural heritage project sites in South Africa