Ambassador’s Fund For Cultural Preservation

Since its creation in 2000, the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 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:

2021 – Preservation of the Eastern Part of Sanahin Medieval Monastery Complex (Phase II):
 Preservation of the remaining two monuments in the eastern part of the complex: Sepulcher of Zakharidi Princes, and Sepulcher of Argutinski-Dolgoruki Princes, as well as improvement of the grounds. Location: Lori Province. Grant: $192,115 USD.

2019 – Preservation of the Eastern Part of Sanahin Medieval Monastery Complex (Phase I): Preservation of Eastern group monuments: St. Hakop Church; Memorial-Khachkar of Grigor Tuteordi and St. Harutyun Church.  Location: Lori Province. Grant: $100,000 USD.

2017 – Preservation of Dashtadem Fortress, 10th century ruins.  Location: Aragatsotn Province. Grant: $143,200 USD.

2016 – Preservation of Saint Hovhannes Medieval Church, including restoration of frescoes, in Meghri. Location: Syunik Province. Grant: $510,000 USD.

2015 – Preservation of 20th Century Mural “In the Mountains/Milkmen” by Hakob Hakobyan.  Location: Shirak Province.  Grant: $83,585 USD.

2013 – Preservation of Dashtadem Fortress: Preventative conservation of fortress walls, foundations and medieval structures inside the complex, including the medieval reservoir and traditionally preserved houses.  Location: Aragatsotn Province. Grant: $58,200 USD.

2013 – Preservation of 20th Century Mural “On the Way to the Watermill” by Rafayel Atoyan and displaying it in the Youth Center of Gyumri.  Location: Shirak Province. Grant: $65,256 USD.

2013 – Preservation of Areni-1 Cave: Preservation of Areni cave and artifacts from the Copper Age through installation of a protective fence around the site; installation of pathways leading to the cave and continuing inside the cave; installation of special secure lighting in the cave; and conservation of cultural strata dating back to 5000 – 4000 BC. Location: Vayots Dzor Province.  Grant: $52,870 USD.

2011 – Garni Gorge Bridge Preservation: Reinforcement and preservation of the 11th century medieval masonry bridge on river Azat.  The bridge connects major historical and cultural sites in the Garni gorge area.  Location: Kotayk Province.  Grant: $100,000 USD.

2010 – Documentation of Traditional Armenian Music and Dance: Cataloging Armenian folklore in remote areas of Armenia and recording it on DVDs for public distribution.  Grant: $34,670 USD.

2009 –  Noratus Medieval Cemetery and Collection of Khachkars: Mapping and cataloging of the site and fence installation. Location: Gegharkunik Province. Grant: $49,800 USD.

2007 – The Tatev Monastery’s Tatev Scholarly Center: The clearing and preservation of the 9th century Tatev Scholarly Center’s compound. Location: Syunik Province.  Grant: $10,000 USD.

2005 –  The Armenian National Film and Photo Archive: Creation of climate-controlled storage space for the Armenian film, photo, and audio archives.  Location: Yerevan. Grant: $30,000 USD.