U.S. Ambassadors Fund

The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation is one of many programs run by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as part of its mission of public diplomacy through educational and cultural programming and exchange. Only U.S. Ambassadors serving in eligible developing countries may participate in this program. (wiki)

"Since 2001, the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation has awarded direct grants in support of 127 projects to preserve cultural heritage at 74 World Heritage sites in 49 countries. This accomplishment represents a direct investment of more than $9 million towards the preservation of world heritage and demonstrates U.S. respect for the cultural heritage of other countries."

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Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Amphitheater of El Jem
Ancient Merv Documentation of the Greater and Lesser Kyz Kalas at Ancient Merv (2011), Preservation of the Bronze Age Archaeological Site of Gonur-Depe (2007), Preservation of the Bronze Age Archaeological Site of Gonur-Depe (2006)
Ancient ksours Restoration of a 19th-Century Minaret in the Ancient City of Tichitt (2010), Restoration of a 14th-Century Courtyard House in the Ancient Village of Oualata, a World Heritage Site (2009), Conservation of Ancient Manuscripts in Tichitt (2001)
Angkor Conservation of the 10th-Century Temple of Phnom Bakheng, Phase II (2011); Conservation of the 10th-Century Temple of Phnom Bakheng (2008)
Anjar Conservation of the 8th-Century Public Baths in the Umayyad City of Anjar (2010)
Anuradhapura Preservation of the Collections of the Anuradhapura and Yatala Archaeological Museums (2009), Documentation of Western Monasteries from the 3rd Century BC at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site (2006)
Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Only in the last years of the 20th century, has a project to recover and restore the historic canal been initiated by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), funded by resources provided by the World Monuments Fund, the Ambassadors Fund and the US Congress. (AB ev)
Arequipa Restoration of 17th- and 18th-Century Paintings from the Compania de Jesus Church in Arequipa (2010), Preservation of Cultural Patrimony in Arequipa (2008), Restoration of 16th-Century Oil Paintings in the Santa Catalina Monastery Museum (2005)
Babylon 2 million USD grant in 2010
Berat and Gjirokastra Restoration of a 15th-Century Castle Gallery in Gjirokaster (2009)
Bosra Preservation and Interpretation of the Site of the Ancient City of Busra (2007)
Bukhara Preservation of Artifacts from the Bukharan Oasis (2011), Preservation of the 18th-Century Friday Palace Mosque in Bukhara (2009)
Byblos Conservation of the Main Tower of the Citadel at the Archaeological Site of Ancient Byblos (2011)
Caral-Supe Conservation of the Sacred City of Caral (2009)
Cartagena Conservation of the 17th-Century Apostle Santiago Rampart in Cartagena (2005)
Central Amazon Conservation Complex Documentation of Amazonian Oral Traditions (2008)
Champaner-Pavagadh Preservation of the Medieval Medhi Talao Site at Champaner-Pavagadh in Gujarat (2003)
Chan Chan Preventive Conservation of the Collections of the Chan Chan Archaeological Site Museum (2005)
Chavin Restoration of the Rocas Canal at the Ancient Site of Chavin de Huantar (2010)
Chongoni Rock Art Preservation of Important Landmarks at Chongoni Rock Art World Heritage Site (2011)
Citadel of the Ho Dynasty US$92,500 grant to conserve the stone vault and the South Gate of the Ho Citadel (2018)
Cliff of Bandiagara Preservation and Protection of Cultural Patrimony in Djenne and Bandiagara (2008)
Cyrene Documentation and Training in the Management of Archaeological Collections at the Ancient Greco-Roman Site of Cyrene (2010), Preservation of Archaeological and Photographic Collections at the Ancient Greco-Roman Site of Cyrene (2005)
Damascus Restoration of the Ancient Chapel of St. Hanania in the Old City of Damascus (2008), Restoration of the 6th-Century Church of St. George (2005), Documentation of Syrian Cultural Heritage (2004), Documentation of Syrian Artifacts (2001)
Djenné Preservation and Protection of Cultural Patrimony in Djenne and Bandiagara (2008)
Fasil Ghebbi Preservation of the 16th-Century Castle at Guzara (2004)
Fort and Shalamar Gardens Restoration of the Late 17th-Century Alamgiri Gate in Lahore Fort (2006), Walled City (2023)
Fossil Hominid Sites Preservation of Archaeological Sites Within the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site (2003)
Gamzigrad-Romuliana Conservation of an Ancient Roman Tumulus in the Magura Hill Imperial Palace at Felix Romuliana (2011)
Gelati Monastery Documentation of Frescoes in the Church of the Virgin in Gelati Monastery (2003), Conservation of the Chapels and Narthex of the Early 12th Century Church of the Virgin at Gelati Monastery in Kutaisi (2016)
Great Zimbabwe Preservation and Protection of the Collections of the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe (2007)
Harar Jugol Preservation of the Early 20th-Century Palace of Teferi Mekonnen in Harar (2009)
Historic Cairo Emergency Stabilization of the 14th-Century Mosque of Aslam Al-Silahdar, Midan Aslam, al-Darb al-Ahmar in Islamic Cairo (2005) & Preservation of Traditional Buildings Trades (2004)
Hoi An Preservation of the mid-19th-Century Hy Hoa Temple in Old Town Hoi An (2003)
Humayun's Tomb Conservation of the 16th‐Century Arab Serai Complex Gateway at Humayun's Tomb in Delhi (2016)
Island of Gorée Preservation of the Collections at the Henriette Bathily Women's Museum on Gorée Island (2007)
Island of Mozambique Restoration of the "Creche," an 18th-Century Landmark on Mozambique Island (2008), Preservation of Museum Collections on Ilha de Moçambique (2001); Preservation and Protection of Threatened Submerged and Terrestrial Cultural Heritage of the Global Slave Trade on Mozambique Island (2016)
Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos Documentation of Cultural Objects from the Colonial Period and After in Eastern Bolivia (2007)
Kathmandu Valley Restoration of Chaugara Sattal at Changu Narayan (2011), Restoration of 17th-Century Water Architecture in the Patan Royal Palace (2009), Restoration of Patan Royal Palace (2009), Restoration of the 17th-Century Machali Pati (2006), Restoration of the 5th-Century BC Nag Bahal Hiti in Patan (2006), Restoration of 17th-Century Mahadev Twin Temples Durbar Square in Kathmandu (2005), Restoration of the 19th-Century Lakshmi Narayan Temple in Durbar Square in Kathmandu (2005), Restoration of the Mid-18th-Century Kageswar Mahadev Temple in Kathmandu Durbar Square (2004), Restoration of the 17th-Century Kalo Bhairav Shrine (2003), Restoration and Seismic Strengthening of the Early 20th‐Century Gaddi Baithak in Kathmandu Durbar Square (2016)
Kondoa Conservation of Prehistoric Rock Art in Kondoa (2010)
Kotor Preservation of the Remains of the 13th-Century Franciscan Monastery in Kotor (2009), Restoration of the 6th-Century Ramparts of Kotor Fortress (2003)
Kunta Kinteh Island Preservation of the 19th-Century Fort Bullen (2006)
Kunya-Urgench Restoration of a Majolica Tombstone in the 14th-Century Mausoleum of Najm-ad-Din al-Kubra in Kunya Urgench (2011), Restoration of the 11th-Century Ak-Saray-Ding Tower near Dashoguz (2005), Restoration of the 12th-Century Sultan Takesh Mausoleum Dome (2005)
Kyiv Cathedral and Lavra Conservation of 12th-Century Mosaics in the Collection of the National Preserve of St. Sophia in Kyiv (2011)
L'viv Documentation of the Site of the 16th-Century Turei Zahav (Golden Rose) Synagogue and Associated Buildings (2009), Conservation and Display of 16th-19th-Century Icons in the Studion Icon Collection (2008), Conservation of a 12th-Century Manuscript and Its Marginalia in the Collection of the Lviv History Museum (2007), Conservation of the 16th‐Century Alberti ("Black") House on Rynok Square in L'viv
Lake Turkana Preservation of the Cultural Heritage of the Lake Turkana Region in Northern Kenya (2007)
Lalibela Conservation of Late 12th‐Century Rock‐Hewn Churches at Lalibela (2016)
Lamu Old Town Restoration of the Early 19th-Century Fort at Lamu (2010), Preservation of Cultural Patrimony in Lamu (2008)
Luang Prabang Restoration of Wat Xieng Thong (Temple of the Golden City) in Luang Prabang (2011), Conservation of 16th-Century Statues and Other Ethnographic Objects at Wat Visoun in Luang Prabang (2010), Preservation of the Collections in the Luang Prabang National Museum (2009), Preservation of the Lao National Museum Collection (2007)
Makli, Thatta Restoration of the tombs of Sultan Ibrahim and Amir Sultan Muhammad in Makli Hill, Sindh (2014)
Medina of Tunis Preservation of the Photographic Collections of the Association for the Protection of the Medina of Tunis (2005), Restoration of the 19th-Century Ben Moussa Kuttab in the Medina of Tunis (2005)
Melaka and George Town Restoration of a Mid-19th-Century Shop House (2003), Restoration of a Late 18th-Century Shop House in Malacca (2001)
Mount Wuyi Preventive Conservation of the Han Dynasty Collection (2nd Century BC) at the Fujian Minyue Kingdom Capital Museum (2005)
Mtskheta Conservation of the Ancient Archaeological Site of Armazi (2010), Jvari Monastery (2020)
National History Park Preservation of the Early 19th-Century Citadelle Laferrière (Henri Christophe) and Military Barracks of the Palais de Sans-Souci (2010), Restoration of Laferriere Citadel (2002), Restoration of Laferriere Citadel (2001)
Nessebar Conservation and restoration of Church of St. John Aliturgetos 2015-2017 (as displayed on a sign at the site)
Oaxaca and Monte Alban Preservation of the Zapotec Archaeological Collections and Sites in Oaxaca (2002)
Ohrid Region Restoration of the 13th-Century Monastery of the Holy Mother of God Peribleptos in Ohrid (2009), Conservation of 12th-15th-Century Slavic and Greek Manuscripts in the National Institute and Museum in Ohrid (2008)
Old Town of Galle Documentation of Historic Structures within Galle Dutch Fort World Heritage Site (2011)
Osun-Osogbo The U.S. Embassy in Nigeria is to spend $127,000 on the digital documentation and conservation of Busanyin Shrine located in the Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove.
Paramaribo Preservation of Traditional Culture and Music (2006), Preservation of 18th- and 19th-Century Moravian Mission Records (2005)
Petra Conservation of the 1st-Century Temple of the Winged Lions at Petra (2011), Restoration of the Ancient Nabataean Flash Flood Protection System at Petra (2010), Consolidation of the Wall Paintings in Siq al Barid, Beidha (2006), Preservation of Ancient Nabataean Hydrologic Engineering Structures at Siq al-Mudhlim (2003)
Plain of Jars $129,000 for preservation of Plain of Jars (Aug 2021)
Portobelo-San Lorenzo Restoration of 16th-Century Colonial Bridges in Portobelo (2005)
Qadisha Valley Restoration of the Mid-12th-Century Mar Bichay Hermitage in Qadisha Valley (2004)
Quito Preservation of Old Quito (2003)
Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras Documentation of the Oral Traditions of Ifugao (2008), Preservation of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, a World Heritage Site (2007)
Rohtas Fort Preservation of the Man Singh Haveli Site at the 16th-Century Rohtas Fort (2003)
Royal Palaces of Abomey Restoration of Royal Tombs in the Historic Museum of Abomey (2001)
Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara Conservation of the Ruins of the 9th-Century City of Kilwa Kisiwani (2011)
Sagarmatha National Park Restoration of a 16th-Century Monastery in the Sherpa Village of Pangboche (2010)
Samarkand Preventive Conservation of the Collections of the Afrosiab Site Museum near Samarkand (2006), Preservation of 11th-Century and Later Korans in the Collection of the State Museum of Cultural History (2002)
Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca Restoration of an Historic Conventual Bakery in the Todos Santos Section of Cuenca (2010)
Santo Domingo Restoration of the Altar of the Holy Relic in the 16th-Century Cathedral of Santo Domingo (2008)
Stone Town of Zanzibar Restoration of the 18th-Century Kizimkazi Mosque (2008), Preservation of 19th-Century Slave Trade Records in the Zanzibar National Archives (2005), Preservation of Traditional Taarab Music (2002)
Studenica Monastery Conservation of Medieval Wall Paintings in Studenica Monastery (2008)
Taxila Preservation of Jinan Wali Dheri Monastery at Taxila (2008), Preservation of the Site the 4th-Century Jinan Wali Dheri Monastery at Taxila (2005), Preservation of the Sirkap World Heritage Site at Taxila (2001)
Tierradentro Preservation and Protection of the Alto del Aguacate Tombs and Statuary in the Tierradentro Archaeological Park in El Marne (2011)
Timbuktu Preservation of Medieval Islamic Manuscripts at Timbuktu (2004), Training in the Preservation of Ancient African and Islamic Manuscripts (2002), Preservation of Ancient Islamic Manuscripts in Timbuktu (2001)
Tiwanaku Preventive Conservation of the Archaeological Collection at Tiwanaku (2011)
Tsodilo Training in the Preservation of Ancient Rock Art Sites (2001)
Twyfelfontein Documentation of Granite Kop Rock Art (2005), Preservation of Stone Age Rock Art Paintings at Twyfelfontein (2004)
Tyre Conservation of Al Mubarakeh Tower in the Ancient City of Tyre (2006), Preservation of the Funerary Complex at Al Bass Necropolis at Tyre (2003)
Upper Svaneti Preservation and Protection of Ethnographic Objects, Medieval Manuscripts, and Icons in the Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography (2009)
Zabid Restoration of the Early 20th-Century Dar Al-Diyafa in Zabid (2006)


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