Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation. CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR 2011

The U.S. Embassy in Chisinau is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2011 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) grants program. The Ambassadors Fund was established by the U.S. Congress in 2001 to help countries preserve their cultural heritage and to demonstrate U.S. respect for different cultures around the world. Last year grants ranged from US $10,000 to US $254,930, with an average award amount of US $57,600; however, grants may be higher for exceptional projects.
The deadline for submitting proposals in English to the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau is 5:30pm on Friday, December 10, 2010. Recipients will be notified in spring or summer of 2011.
The Ambassadors Fund supports projects to preserve cultural heritage in the following three categories:
A) CULTURAL SITES, which includes (but is not limited to) historic buildings and sites, monuments, and archaeological sites.
Proposals in this category may involve, for example, restoration of a historic building, preservation of an archaeological site, or documentation of cultural sites in a region for preservation purposes.

B) CULTURAL OBJECTS AND COLLECTIONS from a museum, site, or similar institution, which includes archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, photographic and film collections, and general museum conservation activities.
Proposals in this category may involve, for example, conservation treatment for an object or collection of objects; needs assessment of a collection with respect to its condition and strategies for improving its state of conservation; 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 collections.
C) FORMS OF TRADITIONAL CULTURAL EXPRESSION, which includes traditional music, rituals, knowledge, languages, dance, drama, and crafts.
Proposals in this category may involve documentation and audiovisual recording of traditional music and dance forms for preservation and eventual dissemination, or support for training in the preservation of traditional arts or crafts that are threatened by extinction.
Additional Program Information:
The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation does NOT support the following:

• Preservation or purchase of privately or commercially owned cultural objects, collections, or real property, including those whose transfer from private or commercial to public ownership is envisioned, planned, or in process but not complete at the time of proposal submission;
• Preservation of natural heritage (physical, biological, and geological formations, paleontological collections, habitats of threatened species of animals and plants, fossils, etc.);
• Preservation of hominid or human remains;
• Preservation of news media (newspapers, newsreels, etc.);
• Preservation of published materials available elsewhere (books, periodicals, etc.);
• Archaeological excavations or surveys for research purposes;
• Historical research, except in cases where the research is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project;
• Acquisition or creation of new collections for new or existing museums;
. Construction of new buildings;
• Commissions of new works of art or architecture for commemorative or economic development purposes;
• Creation of replicas or re-creation of cultural objects or sites that no longer exist;
• Relocation of cultural sites from one physical location to another;
• Removal of cultural objects or elements of cultural sites from the country for any reason;
• Digitization of cultural objects or collections, unless part of a larger, clearly defined conservation effort;
• Conservation plans or other studies, unless they are one component of a larger project to implement the results of those studies;
• Cash reserves, endowments or revolving funds; funds must be expended within the grant period and may not be used to create an endowment or revolving fund or otherwise spent over many years;
• Costs of fund-raising campaigns;
• Operating expenses, i.e. expenses incurred during the day-to-day operational activities of an organization, such as office rent, utilities, license fees, and other costs for administrative time, services, or materials not directly related to performing project work;
• Contingency, unforeseen, or miscellaneous fees;
• Costs of work performed prior to announcement of the award;
• International travel, except in cases where travel is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project;
• Individual projects costing less than $10,000;
• Awards to individuals or commercial entities.
As a general rule, the Ambassadors Fund does not support independent U.S. projects abroad.
Grantees must be non-governmental organizations, museums, ministries of culture, or similar institutions. The Embassy strongly encourages proposals that include local non-U.S. government cost-sharing (including in-kind) from sources such as governments, international organizations, and the private sector.
Special note regarding 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.
How to Apply:
All project proposals must include or address the following:
(A) Project purpose and summary;
(B) Project activities description;
(C) Timeframe;
(D) Statement of significance;
(E) Statement of urgency;
(F) Rationale for U.S. support;
(G) Detailed project budget;
(H) Applicant information, including resumes of the project director and professional staff;
(J) Official permission to undertake the project;
(K) Other funding sources, if any;
(L) At least three digital images (JPEGs) or audiovisual files of the site, object, or form of expression to be addressed in the proposed project.
The deadline for submission is close of business (5:30pm) on December 10, 2010. Proposals must be written in English and submitted electronically to the e-mail addresses listed below.
The contact person for this program is Alexandru Leanca, tel: 40-89-15, fax: 40-84-30, e-mail: leancaai@state.gov, saleanca@yahoo.com
For additional information about the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, please visit http://exchanges.state.gov/afcp/

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GYSD Grant


U.S. State Department and American Councils Sponsor Matching Grants for Global Youth Service Day


The spring of 2009 will mark the sixth year that the FLEX Alumni in Eurasia carry out Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) projects. In 2009 the State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Programs in cooperation with American Councils for International Education offers a matching grants program, which gives alumni the opportunity to receive up to $500 in additional funding to further support their initiatives. GYSD, which will celebrate its 21st anniversary this year, is a unique chance to promote volunteerism and community service on a broad scale. GYSD program goals, such as mobilizing youth to identify and address community needs, recruiting future generations of volunteers, and educating the public about the potentials of youth leadership, are much the same as the values that FLEX promotes. By offering matching grants, the U.S. State Department looks to bolster alumni's continuing work with disadvantaged youth, efforts to organize clothing, toy, and food drives, and campaigns to promote environmental awareness.

The past five years of matching grants have shown the remarkable difference FLEX alumni can make in their communities. In 2008, 20 alumni received grants, to conduct projects in 10 countries and more than 25 cities.  Some of the most popular activities included clean-up events, and educational programs for at-risk children. Tree-plantings, charity events, trash pick-ups, movie screenings and careers days were only a few of the many types of initiatives alumni took upon themselves to help change their cities and towns. The matching funds allowed alumni leaders to leverage local resources. Contributions from partner organizations and local sponsors totaled nearly $19,000.  From a Tobacco-Free Youth Day in Georgia, to a concert by Down syndrome children in Azerbaijan, alumni took time on the weekend of April 24-26 to contribute to the environment and lives of those around them.

This year, the matching grants program is particularly important as it will coincide with the "Green" section of the Colors of FLEX 15th Anniversary Initiative. Green encourages screening the film, An Inconvenient Truth (where possible with translation into local languages, and then hosting debates, best-idea contests and volunteer recruitment for GYSD. "Green" was developed based on a matching grant won by Valeria Svart '07 in 2008, to show the movie to more than 400 Moldovan youth and host a seminar on the effects of carbon dioxide emissions.  Alumni are encouraged to apply for matching grants that link to the "Green" section the United Colors.

Finally, the matching grants do not represent the only opportunity for alumni to take on projects. During 2008, many alumni organized cost-free initiatives. Additionally, GYSD partner organizations like Walt Disney have made past projects possible. Last year, Anna Kurdghelashvili '07 from Tbilisi, Georgia applied and won a Disney Minnie Grant. She received $500 to host a project involving children from the Gldani Orphanage in a clean up event.

As a member of the International Coordinating Committee for Global Youth Service Day, American Councils offices and the FLEX program would like to encourage alumni to support this weekend of youth


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ARC Grant



Small Alumni Grants Program Announcement


The US Embassy Alumni Resource Center is pleased to announce the next round of ARC Alumni Grants Program. The ARC Alumni Grants Program is designed to support alumni in their efforts to achieve the overall goal of the alumni community, which is "Helping Moldova Become a More Stable, Prosperous Democracy," and will provide active alumni the opportunity to share the experience they gained through their exchange program with both the alumni community and the general Moldovan public and to implement things they saw in the US.

The purposes for this program are to further the professional development of alumni and their colleagues; to implement and disseminate the concepts learned during exchange programs, to provide alumni with networking opportunities; etc.


Funds may be used for the following:

  • To initiate a public or community service program;
  • To organize training programs or conferences for professional colleagues and other alumni;
  • To organize and plan networking events;
  • To develop and publish curricula, textbooks, or related reference or educational materials;
  • To publish public information pamphlets or brochures on topics that further USG assistance goals;
  • To conduct other projects that support democratic and economic reform initiatives.
  • For travel grants within Europe and Eurasia, including for regional alumni events;
  • To provide cost-sharing for international travel to U.S.;


Food and refreshments costs for conferences and networking events are allowable up to 10% of the total project costs. Cost sharing is strongly encouraged. Materials published under these grants must be reviewed and approved by the Embassy prior to dissemination. The maximum amount available for each ARC Alumni Grant is $500


To apply, please complete the attached application form and submit it with additional information by February 1, 2009 via e-mail to BilevschiL@state.gov. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of February, 2009.


For additional information, please, call at 21 04 21.


US Embassy Moldova

57/1 Banulescu-Bodoni St., 2nd floor

Chisinau, Moldova

Tel: + 373 22 210421

Fax: + 373 22 238548

E-mail: BilevschiL@state.gov


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FLEX Alumni Grants Program 2009


American Councils for International Education is pleased to announce an Alumni Grants Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), to assist past participants of the Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) of the program years 1994-2008

who are citizens of:

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Ukraine

to contribute to the social, economic, and civic development of their countries.


Alumni of educational programs abroad often have the broad perspective and initiative required to make positive contributions upon their return home.  The FLEX Alumni Grants Program will give alumni the opportunity to initiate social, economic, and civic development projects of their own design in their home countries.  Some possible projects include:


  • Community service projects;
  • Projects to promote civic participation;
  • Professional development activities;
  • Projects to support and promote knowledge of English language and understanding of American culture;
  • Any other projects judged to be in the spirit of the program by the selection committee.


Please note that these grants are not intended to fund purchases of computer equipment, alumni salaries, and political activities working for or against a specific candidate or party.


Grants will fall into two categories:


Individual grants (up to $250): to support community service projects, as well as personal or professional development projects (including attendance at conferences), etc. Individual grant applicants who demonstrate in their proposals readiness to share their experience with others in their community upon completion will be given preference. These may be single events or small-scale projects.

Group grants (up to $3000): to support professional development or teaching programs; community service activities; promotion of English language and American culture; etc.  Not all people participating in the group must be FLEX alumni, but the grant recipient and the project leader or co-leader must be a FLEX Alumnus/ a.


Preference will be given to alumni who have not previously received FLEX Alumni Grants. Proposals which expand on previously funded projects will be considered, but they should incorporate new partners, recipients or demonstrate new project elements. Please note: alumni who have already received funding two years in a row are not eligible to apply for grants in 2009.


Applications for the 2009 Alumni Grants Program will be available starting November 2008. The deadline to submit applications is February 28, 2009. Grant recipients will be announced In May 2009. To obtain the application form please contact FLEX Alumni Coordinator in your country/ region or the Moscow FLEX alumni office: fsaalumni@actr.ru.

The FLEX Alumni Grants Program is funded by ECA and is administered by the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS.  Proposals may be funded in part.  American Councils may request that applicants modify their budgets in order to accommodate partial funding.


Eligibility: in order to participate in this program, alumni must (1) be successful participants of the FLEX program; (2) be in compliance with the two-year home residency requirement following the program; (3) update their information in the alumni database, which may be done at any American Councils office or electronically; (4) conduct their project and   currently reside in one of the countries in which the FLEX program is administered.

NOTE: Alumni working as employees of American Councils or the U.S. government are not eligible to apply.