The U. S. Mission to Nigeria of the U. S. Department of State is pleased to issue a notice of funding opportunity for the 2020 Small Grants Competition of the U. S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).
The deadline for submitting applications to the Center is December 1, 2019.
carefully follow all instructions below.
Administration of this program will be subject to the availability of funds for fiscal year (FY) 2020.
Purpose of the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) and Background: The AFCP supports the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects, and forms of traditional cultural expression in more than 100 countries around the world, including Nigeria.
The funding advance U. S. foreign policy goals and show American respect for cultural heritage.
AFCP-supported projects include the restoration of ancient and historic buildings, assessment and conservation of rare manuscripts and museum collections, preservation and protection of important archaeological sites, and the documentation of vanishing traditional craft techniques and indigenous languages.
Cultural heritage endures as a reminder of the contributions and historical experiences of humanity.
By taking a leading role in efforts to preserve cultural heritage, the U. S. demonstrates its respect for other cultures.
The Department of State established the AFCP at the request of the Congress, reflected in the Conference Report on the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2001 (P.
Award Information Funding Areas: The Department of State supports projects to preserve cultural heritage in the following three areas: A.
Cultural Sites - conservation of an ancient or historic building, preservation of an archaeological site, or documentation of cultural sites in a region for preservationpurposes B.
Cultural Objects and Collections 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; and,C.
Forms of Traditional Cultural Expression such as traditional music, indigenous languages, and crafts.
Funding Priorities - General: The AFCP will recommend for funding those proposals that include project activities in adherence to the following guidelines and to international standards for the preservation of cultural heritage.
These activities may include: A.
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.B.
Cultural Objects and Collections: conservation needs assessments and treatment, inventory of a collection for conservation purposes, the creation of safe environments for storage or display of collections, or specialized training in the care and preservation of collectionsC.
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.
Funding Priorities – Specific to AFCP 2020: Proposals for projects that meet one or more of the following criteria will receive consideration in FY2020: A.
Support U. S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligationsB.
Support U. S. Embassy Integrated Country StrategiesC.
Support disaster risk reduction for cultural heritage in disaster-prone areasD.
Support post-disaster cultural heritage recoveryE.
Preserve World Heritage sitesF.
Partner, connect with or feed into other ECA programs Sites and Objects that have a Religious Connection: The establishment clause of the U.S.Constitution permits the government to include religious objects and sites within an aid program under certain conditions.
For example, an item with a religious connection (including a place of worship) may be the subject of a cultural preservation grant if the item derives its primary significance and is nominated solely on the basis of architectural, artistic, historical, or other cultural (not religious) criteria.
Application Submission and Deadline Proposals should be submitted online to the U. S. Mission to Nigeria at the following email address: PASAbujaGrants@State.gov.
Applications are accepted in English only.
Final grant agreements will be concluded in English.
The proposal deadline is December 1, 2019, 11:59p.m.
U. S. Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Applicants must submit a full project description including:• Full and complete Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424), including BudgetInformation for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424A), Assurances for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424B),• Project basics, including title, project dates, and AFCP focus area• Project applicant information, including contact information, DUNS Number, and SAM registration status• Project location• Proof of official permission to undertake the project from the office, agency, or organization that either owns or is otherwise responsible for the preservation of the site, object, or collection• Project purpose that summarizes the project objectives and desired results• Project activities description and timeframe that present the project tasks in chronological order and list the major milestones with target dates for achieving them (Note: Applicants may propose project periods of up to 60 months [five years])• Resumes or CVs of the proposed project director and other primary project participants• Project participant information, specifically an estimated number of non-U. S. and U. S. participants and estimated number of primary and secondary participants, as well as resumes of the proposed project director and other primary project participants• Statement of importance highlighting the historic, architectural, artistic, or cultural (nonreligious) values of the site, collection, or form of traditional expression• Statement of urgency indicating the severity of the situation and explaining why the project must take place now• Implementer Public Awareness Plan describing how the applicant intends to highlight and amplify AFCP-supported activities through print, electronic, and social media platforms• Maintenance Plan outlining the steps or measures that will be taken to maintain and sustain the site, object, or collection in good condition after the AFCP-supported project is complete; or, in the case of forms of traditional cultural expression, to preserve and disseminate the documentation, knowledge, or skills gained from the project• Detailed project budget, demarcated in one-year budget periods (2020, 2021, 2022, etc.), that lists all costs in approved cost categories and identifies funds from other sources• Budget narrative explaining any large budget line items, detailing how costs were estimated (e.g., quantity x unit cost, annual salary x percentage of time spent on project), and justifying any proposed international travel costs (Note: Applicants may include narrative within the budget sheet)• Supporting documents including, at a minimum and required, five (5) high quality digital images (JPEGs preferred) or audiovisual files that convey the nature and condition of thesite, object, or form of expression and, in the case of a site or object, show the urgency or need for the proposed project (e.g., collapsing walls, water damage, worn fabric, broken handle), any historic structure reports, conservation needs assessments, and other planning documents compiled in preparation for the proposed project In addition to the project description, applicants must also submit: • Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424) which is available here: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/forms/sf-424-family.html#sortby=1 • Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424A) also available here:• http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/forms/sf-424-family.html#sortby=1• DUNS Number: Any entity that receives PAS financing must register for a DUNS number, which is a unique nine-digit identification number.
DUNS Number assignment is free for organizations required to register with the federal government for grants.
Begin the process here: https://iupdate.dnb.com/iUpdate/viewiUpdateHome.htm.
• SAMs registration: https://www.sam.gov/portal/SAM/ The U. S. Mission to Nigeria and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U. S. Department of State will not consider proposals that do not include the above components.
There is no minimum or maximum percentage of cost participation required for this competition.
When cost sharing is offered, it is understood and agreed that the applicant must provide the amount of cost sharing as stipulated in its proposal and later included in an approved agreement.
The applicant will be responsible for tracking and reporting on any cost share or outside funding, which is subject to audit per 2 CFR 200.
Cost sharing may be in the form of allowable direct or indirect costs.
Review and Selection Process The U. S. Mission to Nigeria will assess all applications based on: · Purpose and Summary, Description, Time Frame, and Importance· Urgency· Maintenance Plan· Rationale for U. S. Support· Media and Outreach Plan· Budget and Budget Narrative· Supporting Materials.
Innovative packaging with other ECA programs The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U. S. Department of State will review the U. S. Mission’s recommendations, and make the final selection.
The U. S. Mission to Nigeria will communicate the final award decision to all applicants.
Award Administration Award Notices: The grant award or cooperative agreement shall be written, signed, awarded, and administered by a Grants Officer of the U. S. Mission to Nigeria.
The Grants Officer is the U. S. government official delegated the authority by the U. S. Department of State Procurement Executive to write, award, and administer grants and cooperative agreements.
The assistance award agreement is the authorizing document, and it will be provided to the recipient.
Organizations whose applications will not receive funding will also be notified in writing.
If a proposal is selected for funding, the Department of State has no obligation to provide any additional future funding in connection with the award.
Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the total discretion of the Department of State.
All awards will be made with terms and conditions subject to OMB Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200): Cost Principles, Audit, and Administrative Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR Chapter I, Chapter II, Part 200, et al.) unless otherwise specified in additional Department guidance.
Potential applicants should be familiar with these requirements.
Other requirements and guidance are incorporated by reference in the Notice of Award.
Reporting Requirements: AFCP 2019 award recipients must submit performance progress, federal financial status reports, and final reports on time as specified in the Notice of Award.
AFCP will compile this information in a report to Congress, as required, and in a published annual report of completed projects.