Since 2001, The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation has supported more than 750 projects to preserve cultural heritage in over 120 countries. This achievement represents a major contribution to the preservation of cultural heritage worldwide and demonstrates the depth of America's respect for the cultural heritage of other countries.
In 2012, U.S. ambassadors to more than 91 countries applied to the Ambassadors Fund for support in meeting pressing cultural heritage preservation needs. Among the projects supported in 2012 were the documentation of the 19th-century Wangduechhoeling Palace in Bhutan, the preservation of 12th-century royal tombs on the island of Tonga, and the conservation o the ruins of the 11th-century Church of St. Todor in Boboshevo, Bulgaria. Also in 2012, the Ambassadors Fund awarded six grants for large-scale projects in Ethiopia, Laos, Libya, Mexico, Nepal, and Turkmenistan.
By supporting the preservation of cultural heritage, the Ambassadors Fund helps extend its value as a vital and defining element of communities and nations and ensures its continued enjoyment and relevance both today and for generations to come.