The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) supports the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects, and forms of traditional cultural expression in more than 100 developing countries around the world. AFCP-supported projects include the restoration of ancient and historic buildings, assessment and conservation of rare manuscripts and museum collections, preservation and protection of important archaeological sites, and the documentation of vanishing traditional craft techniques and indigenous languages. Cultural heritage endures as a reminder of the contributions and historical experiences of humanity. By taking a leading role in efforts to preserve cultural heritage, the U.S. shows its respect for other cultures.
The purpose of the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program is to award grants for specific projects that support democracy and the development of democratic institutions in the Republic of Serbia. Grants are awarded to non-governmental and other non-profit organizations throughout Serbia. The maximum amount is $24,000, but smaller grants are preferred in order to support more projects. To be eligible for consideration, every applicant must be registered in the territory of the Republic of Serbia and be engaged in, or propose to carry out, a project whose purpose to further develop democratic institutions in Serbia, especially in local municipalities. Democracy Commission grants support four themes:
- Rule of law, legal reform, and transparency in government
- Anti-corruption awareness campaigns and training
- Further development of a market economy
- Conflict resolution and tolerance
Alumni Small Grants Program
The Alumni Small Grants Program, apportioned for alumni of U.S. Government exchange programs, is intended to promote alumni leadership and networking, as well as facilitate cooperation with the U.S. Embassy Belgrade in strategic fields for the future of Serbia: strengthening the rule of law, promoting economic development and improving regional stability. The application period for this program is now closed, we hope to offer the program again in 2017.
The U.S. Speaker Program is a very moderate program through the State Department. Public Affairs Office can annually bring between 10-15 renown U.S. experts and specialists to Serbia. These American experts travel worldwide to participate in programs and engage audiences through lectures, workshops and seminars; through appearances in media; and as consultants. The Speaker Program proactively promotes understanding of the U.S. foreign policy and other key policies, and the political, economic, social and cultural context out of which these policies arise. Program enables U.S. citizen experts to engage with foreign audiences worldwide, in person and via virtual platforms, through meetings, lectures, workshops, and seminars; through appearances in foreign media; and in a consultancy capacity. The U.S. Speaker Program promotes an understanding of U.S. policies and institutions and the political, economic, social, and cultural context from which they arise. U.S. speakers address topics identified by posts abroad in consultation with regional bureaus and other IIP offices. U.S. speakers can be programmed with a variety of professional audiences in a wide-range of disciplines; however, English language teaching and the performing arts are specifically excluded. Performing artists may participate in programs as speakers or consultants, but IIP does not recruit artists for performances or exhibitions. In addition, speakers do not teach university courses or conduct research. For more information please contact our Public Affairs Section.