The U.S. Government Announces Two New Grants for Cultural Preservation Projects in Turkmenistan
Ashgabat, September 11, 2012 – Today the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat is hosting an award ceremony to recognize two winners of the 2011–2012 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) small grants competition. U.S. Ambassador Robert Patterson will officially announce the awards at the event, which will take place at the U.S. Embassy’s Information Resource Center (IRC) at the Ak Altyn Hotel at 15:00.
The first grant is for restoration and conservation of the 12th-century Silk Road Caravanserai at Dayahatyn in Lebap welayat. This project will be administered by the National Administration for Protection, Research and Restoration of Historical and Cultural Monuments of Turkmenistan. The second grant will focus on the preservation of unique recordings of early Turkmen folk music and be administered by the National Conservatory of Turkmenistan.
Established by the U.S. Congress in 2001, the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation aims to assist countries in preserving their cultural heritage. This competition year just over 25% of all project proposals worldwide were selected for funding. The selection of these two projects in Turkmenistan speaks highly of the merit of both the proposals and the in-country project partners who submitted them. Over the past eleven years, the U.S. Government has supported thirteen projects worth more than $400,000 to preserve historically important cultural sites and objects in Turkmenistan.
For more information about the AFCP projects, please visit the U.S. Embassy Information Resource Center or call 36 33 31 (1).