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Grant program

From: Margaret G.H. MacLean <macleanmg>
Date: Friday, October 15, 2004
New Grant Program from the U.S. Department of State whose four
thematic areas include a focus on professional development and
exchange in cultural heritage conservation and protection.

Range:  $60,000 - $250,000
Application Deadline: November 19, 2004

For the full description of the program, as well as all details and
guidelines for application and submission, please see Federal
Register: September 30, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 189).  From the
Federal Register Online via GPO Access []
[DOCID:fr30se04-178] [Public Notice 4846]

Executive Summary: The Office of Citizen Exchanges of the Bureau of
Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for
grants that support exchanges and build relationships between U.S.
non-profit organizations and civil society groups in Africa, East
Asia, Eurasia, Europe, the Near East/North Africa, South Asia and
the Western Hemisphere. U.S. public and non-profit
501(c)(3)organizations ... may submit proposals that support the
goals of The Professional Exchanges Program: to promote mutual
understanding and partnerships between key professional groups in
the United States and counterpart groups in other countries through
multi-phased exchange projects taking place over one-three years. To
the fullest extent possible, programs should be two-way exchanges
supporting roughly equal numbers of participants from the U.S. and
foreign countries.

Eligible regions are Africa, East Asia, Eurasia, Europe, the Near
East/North Africa, South Asia, and the Western Hemisphere.

The Bureau seeks proposals that will address the following priority
themes: (1) Religion, Community, Education and Political Process;
(2) Governance, Accountability and Transparency in Civil Society;
(3) Conflict Prevention and Management; and (4) Respect for Cultural
Identity and Creative Products. ...

Sub-Theme 4.a. Cultural Heritage (Artifacts/Objects) Proposals in
this topic should focus on cooperative approaches between
organizations or institutions in the U.S. and overseas to deter the
illicit trade in cultural artifacts or antiquities. Projects should
focus on innovative approaches to protect the contexts within which
objects are found, to verify and validate ownership of objects
pertaining to local cultural heritage, to communicate effectively
about cultural artifacts and heritage issues, and to adopt positive
means of deterring illicit trade in cultural properties. Project
activities could encompass exchanges, training workshops and other
activities relating to the protection of archaeological sites as the
sources of pillaged objects; improving security in museums, historic
building and other cultural institutions so that objects are less
vulnerable to theft; and designing and implementing efforts to
inventory and document valued objects and collections in formal
museums, as well as in religious and educational establishments, and
other locations accessible by the public.

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