Since its approval by the U.S. Congress in the fall of 2000, the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation has funded more than 640 cultural preservation projects in over 100 countries, representing a contribution of nearly $26 million towards the preservation of cultural heritage worldwide.
The Fund supports a wide range of projects that work to preserve cultural heritage including the restoration of historic buildings, assessment and conservation of museum collections, archaeological site preservation, documentation of vanishing traditional craft techniques, improved storage conditions for archives and manuscripts, and documentation of indigenous languages.
In Armenia the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation has supported the following projects:
- 2005 – The Armenian National Film and Photo Archive: the creation of climate controlled storage space for the Armenian film, photo, and audio archives.
- 2007 – The Tatev Scholarly Center in Syunik Region: the clearing and preservation of the Center’s compound.
- 2009 – Noratus Medieval Cemetery and Collection of Khachkars: the mapping and cataloging of the site and fence installation.
- 2010 – Documentation of Traditional Armenian Music and Dance.
- 2011 – Preservation of a Medieval Masonry Bridge in the Garni Gorge.
- 2013 – Preservation of Areni Cave in Vayots Dzor Region.
- 2013 – Restoration and Preservation of 7-19th century Dashtadem Fortress.
- 2013 – Preservation and Restoration of “On the Way to the Watermill” Mural by Raphael Atoyan.