About AFCP

The Ambassadors Fund supports projects to preserve a wide range of cultural heritage in less developed countries, including historic buildings, archaeological sites, ethnographic objects, paintings, manuscripts, and indigenous languages and other forms of traditional cultural expression.

Such support contributes towards post-disaster and post-conflict recovery efforts in some of the world’s most desperate communities. It satisfies U.S. treaty and other bilateral obligations and creates opportunities for economic development where long-term high unemployment and extreme poverty are the norm. In strife-ridden states especially, it counters extremist interpretations of U.S. interests and demonstrates American values in action.

Through the Ambassadors Fund, the United States demonstrates American leadership in the preservation of cultural heritage around the world and shows our respect for other cultures.

Program Highlights

U.S., Turkey join to protect cultural heritage

With initial help from the U.S., historic preservation experts in Turkey are completing the conservation of a historic synagogue in the region of Izmir. The Etz Hayim synagogue, which not long ago was on the verge of collapse, soon will welcome scholars and tourists.

U.S. joins Latin American countries to protect Incan heritage

The Qhapaq Ñan — or Andean Road System — was the backbone of the Incan Empire’s political and economic power, serving as a network for communication, trade and defense.

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Number of cultural heritage projects supported by AFCP since 2001