Funding

This section contains potential sources of funding and project support.

Resource Description
Cultural Protection Fund "“In partnership with the Department for Culture Media and Sport, the British Council has launched a new £30 million fund to help to create sustainable opportunities for economic and social development through building capacity to foster, safeguard and promote cultural heritage affected by conflict overseas. The Fund aims to protect and preserve physical monuments and religious sites, as well as 'intangible' heritage: inherited traditions, beliefs and cultural identity, passed down through generations – all of which have been increasingly under threat in the Middle East and North Africa as so-called Islamic State have gained power in the region.”

Small grants (up to 100,000 pounds) and large grants (over 100,000 pounds)"

Protecting Our Cultural Heritage Grants (National Endowment for the Humanities) “Through this program, NEH invites applications for projects that undertake virtual and 3D reconstructions of works of art, monuments, sites, or landscapes; training for cultural heritage specialists in risk assessment and preservation approaches; or data-sharing and knowledge exchange about cultural heritage sites.”
Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Small Grants “The U.S. Embassy in Amman is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2017 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The Fund was established by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in 2001, to help countries preserve their cultural heritage and to demonstrate U.S. respect for different cultures around the world. Floor on Amount of Individual Awards: US $10,000 per project. Ceiling on Amount of Individual Awards: $200,000 per project. In FY 2016, awards ranged from US $21,400 to US $140,000.”
Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation “The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) supports the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects, and forms of traditional cultural expression in more than 100 developing countries around the world. 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. shows its respect for other cultures.”
Global Heritage Fund "GHF will engage its Senior Advisory Board and other experts to investigate a range of potential projects. To be selected as a GHF project, a site must meet the following criteria: Involve an endangered World Heritage Site (Inscribed, Tentative List or Potential); Be located in a developing country or region; Offer a strong team of local and other partners; Have in place or support the development of effective conservation planning; Demonstrate significant potential for sustainability in conservation with community involvement."
TreadRight Foundation ""The Leading Travel Companies Conservation Foundation's annual grant program supports projects which aim for: conservation and protection of the environment, wildlife and cultural heritage sites for future sustainable tourism; relief of poverty and the improvement of the conditions of life in socially and economically disadvantaged communities through community involvement in sustainable tourism; promotion of sustainable tourism as a means to achieve economic growth and regeneration; conservation and protection of the environment, wildlife and cultural heritage sites for future sustainable tourism; relief of poverty and the improvement of the conditions of life in socially and economically."
World Monuments Watch (World Monuments Fund) "Launched in 1996 and issued every two years, the World Monuments Watch calls international attention to cultural heritage around the world that is threatened by neglect, vandalism, conflict, or disaster. The Watch continues the tradition of identifying endangered sites, while also encompassing sites with compelling issues or progressive approaches that could inform the field at large. Watch listing provides an opportunity for sites and their nominators to raise public awareness, foster local participation, advance innovation and collaboration, and demonstrate effective solutions. The Watch nomination process also serves as a vehicle for requesting WMF assistance for select projects."
Tourism Cares "Tourism Cares' Worldwide Grant Program distributes charitable grants to worthy tourism-related non-profit organizations worldwide for capital improvements or educational programs. Primary consideration is to fund projects and programs, whose goal is capital ("brick-and-mortar") improvements that serve to protect, restore, or conserve sites of exceptional cultural, historic, or natural significance or the education of local host communities and the traveling public about conservation and preservation of sites of exceptional cultural, historical, or natural significance."
American Express Corporate Responsibility "One of the giving themes of the American Express Foundation is "Preserving and Enriching Our Diverse Cultural Heritage."
The World Bank "The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. They are not a bank in the common sense. They have contributed in the past to important heritage projects."
The Cultural Emergency Response Programme "This program provides quick action towards stabilizing or rescuing cultural heritage damaged or under imminent threat by natural disasters or conflict. The programme implements its cultural emergency relief actions in direct cooperation with local partners in the affected communities. Contributions from CER range from supporting immediate damage assessment missions to support for basic repairs or other quick interventions required to rescue cultural heritage from a man-made or natural disaster that has occurred no longer than six months ago."
Top Image Original Photograph: Tamanah - church (Maarat an-Numan Museum) Credit: Sean Leatherbury/Manar al-Athar