U.S. Embassy Announces New Round of Fund for Cultural Preservation in Cambodia

The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh announced here this morning the 2018 call for proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Small and Large Grants Programme.

According to the embassy's press release, the United States is proud to support Cambodia's efforts to protect, document, and share its extraordinary cultural heritage.

Over the last 16 years, the U.S. government has invested over US$4 million on a variety of cultural heritage programmes, from documenting classical dance techniques to countering illegal looting to preserving historic sites like the Phnom Bakheng Temple in Angkor.

Applications may be submitted by any eligible non-commercial entity. The deadline for the Embassy to receive proposals is Dec. 31, 2017.

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 programme is managed by the Cultural Heritage Centre in the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Since 2001, Cambodia has received 20 grants from the AFCP totaling more than US$3.3 million. The largest single programme in AFCP's history was a 2008 grant for US$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.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press