Outside Funding Opportunities

The grants outlined here are mostly aimed towards developing nations.

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.
* GHF expects to secure equal or greater in-country matching funding from local and international corporations, foundations and wealthy individuals.
Contact: grants@globalheritagefund.org

Ambassadors Fund For Cultural Preservation
Organization: U.S. Department of State
The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation provides direct grant support to cultural heritage preservation projects in developing countries.  In 2010, 63 grants were given.
* only for eligible developing countries
Contact: afcp@state.gov
Range: 2010 (latest data available): $10,000-$850,000.
Average: $94,600.

Conservation Foundation Annual Grant Program
Organization: The Leading Travel Companies Conservation 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 disadvantaged communities through community involvement in sustainable tourism; promotion of sustainable tourism as a means to achieve economic growth and regeneration.
Contact: foundation.manager@tltc.com
Range: $1 million distributed among a minimum of three projects

Earthwatch Institute
A few new projects are selected every year. Earthwatch Institute promotes sustainable conservation by creating partnerships between scientists, practitioners, educators, and the general public. We work on a system of participant-based funding whereby volunteers (recruited by Earthwatch) pay for the privilege of directly assisting scientists with their work in the field. This unique funding model enables us to support research in a variety of disciplines, on the basis of a researcher's need for volunteers and Earthwatch's ability to find them. It is primarily through these paying volunteers that we are able to support field research efforts. Volunteers are highly motivated non-specialists and help researchers collect data, record observations, and perform a variety of research tasks as appropriate. if you would like to be considered for Earthwatch support please feel free to submit a short letter of inquiry summarizing your proposed research project (c.500 words) and a CV.
Contact: research@earthwatch.org

World Monuments Watch
Organization: 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.
* WMF does not support archaeological excavation, conservation of movable objects, or sites that are privately owned.
Contact: watch@wmf.org
Range: $10,000- $1 million+; typically $20,000-$100,000

World Heritage Fund - International Assistance - Emergency Assistance
Organization: UNESCO
Available for sites inscribed, or with the potential to be inscribed, on the World Heritage List. The World Heritage Fund provides about US$4 million annually to support activities requested by States Parties in need of international assistance. Assistance granted by the World Heritage Committee may take the following forms: studies concerning the artistic, scientific and technical problems raised by the protection, conservation, presentation and rehabilitation of the cultural and natural heritage; provisions of experts, technicians and skilled labor to ensure that the approved work is correctly carried out; training of staff and specialists at all levels in the field of identification, protection, conservation, presentation and rehabilitation of the cultural and natural heritage; supply of equipment which the State concerned does not possess or is not in a position to acquire; low-interest or interest-free loans which might be repayable on a long-term basis; the granting, in exceptional cases and for special reasons, of non-repayable subsidies.
* As a general rule, only part of the cost of work necessary shall be borne by the international community. The contribution of the State benefiting from international assistance shall constitute a substantial share of the resources devoted to each program or project, unless its resources do not permit this.
Contact: wh-info@unesco.org
Range: Up to $75,000+

World Heritage Fund - International Assistance - Conservation and Management Assistance
Organization: UNESCO
Available for sites inscribed, or with the potential to be inscribed, on the World Heritage List. The World Heritage Fund provides about US$4 million annually to support activities requested by States Parties in need of international assistance. Assistance granted by the World Heritage Committee may take the following forms: studies concerning the artistic, scientific and technical problems raised by the protection, conservation, presentation and rehabilitation of the cultural and natural heritage; provisions of experts, technicians and skilled labor to ensure that the approved work is correctly carried out; training of staff and specialists at all levels in the field of identification, protection, conservation, presentation and rehabilitation of the cultural and natural heritage; supply of equipment which the State concerned does not possess or is not in a position to acquire; low-interest or interest-free loans which might be repayable on a long-term basis; the granting, in exceptional cases and for special reasons, of non-repayable subsidies.
* As a general rule, only part of the cost of work necessary shall be borne by the international community. The contribution of the State benefiting from international assistance shall constitute a substantial share of the resources devoted to each program or project, unless its resources do not permit this.
Contact: wh-info@unesco.org
Range: Up to $30,000+

World Heritage Fund - International Assistance - Preparatory Assistance
Organization: UNESCO
Available for sites inscribed, or with the potential to be inscribed, on the World Heritage List. The World Heritage Fund provides about US$4 million annually to support activities requested by States Parties in need of international assistance. Assistance granted by the World Heritage Committee may take the following forms: studies concerning the artistic, scientific and technical problems raised by the protection, conservation, presentation and rehabilitation of the cultural and natural heritage; provisions of experts, technicians and skilled labor to ensure that the approved work is correctly carried out; training of staff and specialists at all levels in the field of identification, protection, conservation, presentation and rehabilitation of the cultural and natural heritage; supply of equipment which the State concerned does not possess or is not in a position to acquire; low-interest or interest-free loans which might be repayable on a long-term basis; the granting, in exceptional cases and for special reasons, of non-repayable subsidies.
* As a general rule, only part of the cost of work necessary shall be borne by the international community. The contribution of the State benefiting from international assistance shall constitute a substantial share of the resources devoted to each program or project, unless its resources do not permit this.
Contact: wh-info@unesco.org
Range: Up to $30,000

Worldwide Grant Program
Organization: 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.
Contact: info@tourismcares.org
Range: typically $10,000

American Express Foundation
One of the giving themes of the American Express Foundation is "Preserving and Enriching Our Diverse Cultural Heritage." In 2008, the American Express Foundation gave $30.5 million in contributions to organizations promoting their giving themes.
Contact:
American Express Philanthropy
Funding Priority
Cultural Heritage
3 World Financial Center
Mail code 01-48-04
New York, NY 10285-4804

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.
Contact: pic@worldbank.org

Italian Trust Fund for Culture and Sustainable Development
The purpose of the ITFCSD is to assist the World Bank in the implementation of initiatives that advance the preservation, promotion and management of cultural assets and enhance cultural heritage related activities in developing countries, particularly those located in the Mediterranean Region. The ITFCSD resources have been financed 20 projects between February 2002 and January 2004, for a total amount of about US$ 4.5 million. Investments have been made in 14 countries, both within the Mediterranean basin and worldwide, namely in Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Egypt, Eritrea, Jordan, India, Iran, Macedonia, Morocco, Pakistan, Tunisia, Yemen.
Contact: urban_chst@worldbank.org
Range: $70,000-$423,842.41

Heinz Family Philanthropies
The Grants for Archeological Research program fills critical needs. It works to both counteract the rapid destruction of archaeological sites resulting from looting and industrial impact and supplant diminished (or nonexistent) Latin-American institutional or governmental funding for cultural heritage preservation and investigation . The program provides seed grants to conduct the preliminary research necessary in order to qualify for and request funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), or the National Geographic Society (NGS). It tends to select self-contained projects that can be completed in a single field season. And it focuses funding dollars on projects that 1) are linked to larger research programs, and 2) have strong logistical support. Generally, four to five projects are funded annually.
Contact: WASHINGTON: Heinz Family Philanthropies
1101 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-1244
Contact: PITTSBURGH: Heinz Family Philanthropies
625 Liberty Ave, Ste 3200
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 497-5775

Industrial Heritage Preservation Grants
The Society for Industrial Archeology offers Industrial Heritage Preservation Grants for the study, documentation, recordation, and/or preservation of significant historic industrial sites, structures, and objects. Awards are made to nonprofit organizations and qualified individuals. Contributions of in-kind services, as well as cash resources from the sponsoring and cosponsoring agencies may qualify for matching purposes. Funds may be used for a range of projects including, but not limited to: increasing public awareness of preservation efforts, photography, videography, preparing inventories and developing measured drawings of extant significant industrial sites, structures, maritime facilities and industrial artifacts. Grant recipients must agree to prepare a written summary of their project suitable for publication in either the SIA Newsletter and/or for Industrial Archeology, the Society’s scholarly journal.
Contact: Carol Litchfield, Industrial Heritage Preservation Grants Committee olearius@att.net

Range: $1,000-$3,000

Environmental & Cultural Preservation Grant Program
Organization: The Tiffany & Co. Foundation
The Foundation recognizes the important role that environmental and cultural sites play in local 
communities worldwide. To this end, the Foundation supports the enhancement of urban environments 
and culturally significant landmarks through two goals: improving the urban parks experience by supporting infrastructure improvements and 
beautification efforts in existing parks and by supporting the creation of additional green spaces; and promoting and preserving culturally significant places and spaces internationally.
Contact: FOUDATION@TIFFANY.COM
Range: $2,000-$2 million

The Cultural Emergency Response Programme
Organization: Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development
The Cultural Emergency Response (CER) programme 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.
Contact: Herengracht 603
1017 CE Amsterdam
info@princeclausfund.nl

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