U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

CDA William B. Taylor Presented a Cultural Preservation Grant to Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

On August 31, 2019, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. (CDA) William B. Taylor presented a U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) grant to the President of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Dr. Andriy Meleshevych.  The U.S. contribution of $400,000 will help restore the Academy’s Old Academic Building that houses the single-domed “Church of the Annunciation.” The multi-year project will restore the famous Ukrainian architectural landmark which was commissioned by Hetman Ivan Mazepa in 1703.  The Old Academic Building is the only academic hall in Ukraine that has continuously operated for educational and cultural purposes for more than 300 years. The AFCP award will help preserve this historic treasure for future generations.

The U. S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) awards grants for the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects, and forms of traditional expression in developing countries around the world. Since 2001, the program has awarded $74 million for over 1,000 projects in more than 125 countries. This includes $1.3 million to support 15 projects in Ukraine.

The application season for the 2020 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation is now closed.  Please check back for information on the 2021 competition in the Fall.

See below materials of the previous competitions:

Call for Proposals for Large Projects ($200,000-$800,000)
Deadline for Round 1 Applications: October 30, 2019, 11.59 p.m. Kyiv time

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the U. S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Large Grants Program-2020, pending availability of funds. The Program aims to preserve major ancient archaeological sites, historic buildings and monuments, and major museum collections that are accessible to the public and protected by law in Ukraine.


Call for Proposals for Small Projects ($10,000-$200,000)
Deadline: October
30, 2019, 11.59 p.m. Kyiv time

The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2020 U.S. Ambassadors Funds for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Small Grants Program, pending availability of funds. The Program aims to preserve cultural sites, cultural objects and collections, forms of traditional cultural expression.

D-U-N-S number is a unique nine-digit identification number has been assigned to over 100 million businesses worldwide. This number remains with the company location to which it has been assigned even if it closes or goes out-of-business. DUNS number is requested for funding by over 50 international commercial and nonprofit institutions, including the UN, Federal Government, and European Commission. If your organization has already received funding from the State Department and possesses DUNS number, but you did not activate it for the last 6 months, please make sure it is still active. As soon as you receive DUNS number or activate the old one, please start the registration in SAM system right away.

There are two ways to obtain DUNS number:

1. Receive DUNS with the help of “Avesta–Ukraine” (official representative of Dun & Bradstreet in Ukraine.

Contacts of “Avesta–Ukraine”
22 Paladina Avenue, Office 212, Kyiv, 03142, Ukraine
Tel.: 8 (044)499-0099, 8(044) 499-0097
Fax: 8 (044) 499 0098
Е-mail: info@dnb.com.ua
Website: www.dnb.com.ua

2. Register on-line https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform

Be aware that DUNS number is issued for free!


All organizations applying to receive Federal assistance must have a Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS) before the application is submitted, a CCR (NCAGE) number, a letter identifying the authorized Entity Administrator, and an active account with the System for Award Management (SAM.gov) before an award can be made.

Ukrainian entities registering in SAM must NOT submit a notarized letter appointing their authorized Entity Administrator!

Please note that process of registration on the SAM.gov portal can take substantial amount of time, so we recommend starting the process as early as possible.

Dun &Bradstreet DUNS – A DUNS number may be acquired at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line at 1-866-705-5711 or requesting on-line at www.dnb.com.

The DUNS number is a nine-digit number established and assigned by Dun and Bradstreet, Inc. (D&B) to uniquely identify business entities. All organizations applying for U.S. government grant funds must have a DUNS number. To obtain a DUNS number, please follow the steps below:

  1. Go to http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/pages/CCRSearch.jsp.
  2. Select the country where your organization is physically located. Complete and submit the form. Organizations will need to provide basic information, including physical and mailing addresses, name and title of the chief executive, primary Standard Industrial Code (SIC), and annual revenue. Typically, organizations can complete this process in one day and have a DUNS number emailed to them. For technical difficulties in obtaining this number, please contact D&B at: govt@dnb.com.

System for Award Management (SAM) – SAM is a U.S.-government wide registry of vendors doing business with the U.S. federal government and requires annual renewal. The system centralizes information about grant applicants/recipients, and provides a central location for grant applicants/recipients to change organizational information. More information about SAM.gov and useful guides for setting-up a new account, updating an existing account, or renewing an expired account can be found at: https://sam.gov/SAM/pages/public/help/samQUserGuides.jsf

Foreign-based applicants are strongly encouraged to review these guides when creating an account with SAM.gov. Further, applicants must maintain an active account, with current information, while its application is under consideration for funding. To keep an active SAM.gov account, Applicants must renew it at least once each year. If an account expires, the Organization cannot submit a grant application until it is renewed.

Only individuals who are authorized to represent a particular entity, or individuals representing themselves as an entity, may register an entity in SAM. Accessing or using SAM, or information contained therein, for any unauthorized or illegal purposes, may have civil and criminal penalties, and may negatively impact the status of the SAM registration maintained for the entity.

Instructions to Entity

  1. International Entity, No U.S. Banking Information. Use this template to formally appoint an Entity Administrator for a single international entity only if your entity does not use banking information from a U.S. financial institution in your SAM entity registration.
  1. Complete the template. Fill in the blanks. Enter the highlighted information on the next two pages. Do not include this instruction page in your letter.
  1. Print the letter on your entity’s letterhead. If you don’t have letterhead, enter your entity’s legal business name and physical address at the top of the letter before printing.
  1. Sign the completed letter. Make sure the person who signs the letter is someone with signatory authority, i.e. who can make commitments on behalf of the entity like an executive, officer, partner, or other authorized representative.
  1. Scan the completed, signed letter. Submit a copy to the Federal Service Desk by creating a service ticket at https://www.fsd.gov and attaching the scanned letter. Your registration can be conditionally activated for 45 days if you have an approved, scanned copy of the letter on file.
  1. Mail the completed, signed letter. It must be received at the address below within 45 days of activation or your registration will be expired.

LONDON, KY 40741-7285


[Insert Date]

LONDON, KY 40741-7285

SUBJECT: Information Required to Activate SAM Entity Registration

Purpose of Letter

The purpose of this letter is to formally appoint an Entity Administrator for each named Entity and to attest to the accuracy of the information contained in the entity registration.

Designation of Entity Administrator

I, [Insert Name and Title of Signatory], the below signed individual, hereby confirm that the appointed Entity Administrator is an authorized officer, agent, or representative of the Entity. This letter authorizes the appointed Entity Administrator to manage the Entity’s registration record, its associated users, and their roles to the Entity, in the System for Award Management (SAM).

Entity Covered by this Letter

DUNS® Number:______________________________________

Legal Business Name:________________________________

Physical Address:____________________________________

Entity Administrator Contact Information

Full Name:________________________________________

Phone Number:____________________________________

Email Address:____________________________________

*The Entity Administrator must have an individual user account in SAM associated with the email address listed.

Account Administration Preference (ONLY CHOOSE ONE)

You must choose ONE of the two following statements by checking the applicable box.

Remember, there is no cost to register in SAM — it is free. However, if you choose to have a third-party agent administer your SAM registration, with or without an associated fee, you must check the Third-Party Agent Designation box below.

Self-Administration Confirmation

For the purpose of registering with the United States Government through the online System for Award Management (SAM), I do not authorize any third party to act on behalf of the Entity listed above. I have checked the Self-Administration Confirmation box to indicate that the designated Entity Administrator is not a third-party agent.

Third-Party Agent Designation

For the purpose of registering with the United States Government through the online System for Award Management (SAM), I do hereby authorize [insert full name, phone number, address, and email address of the Third-Party Agent] (Designated Third-Party Agent) to act on behalf of the Entity listed above. This authorization permits the Designated Third-Party Agent to conduct all normal, common business functions within SAM while binding the signatory to all actions conducted and representations made as a result of authorization granted herein. I have checked the Third-Party Agent Designation box and completed the above information to indicate that the designated Entity Administrator is a third-party agent.


I, the below-signed, attest to the following:

  • All information contained in this letter is complete and accurate.
  • The designated Entity Administrator listed above has an individual SAM User Accounts created with the email address provided in this letter.


[Insert Full Name of Signatory]

[Insert Title of Signatory, e.g. Director of Contracting, Managing Partner, Vice President for Research, etc.]

[Insert Email of Signatory]

[Insert Entity Legal Business Name]

[Insert Entity Physical Address]

To create a new account, please follow the steps below:

  1. Go to http://www.sam.gov
  2. Select Create User Account, and then select Create an Account on the left-hand side of the screen under Individual Account Details. Organizations must have DUNS number and a CAGE number (US Domestic Organizations) or a NCAGE number (Foreign Organizations), to create an account.
  1. Complete and submit the online form. If the applying organization already has the necessary information on hand (see the SAM User Guide), the online form takes approximately one hour to complete, depending upon the size and complexity of the applying entity. Because of the different steps in the process, it can take anywhere from three to fourteen days to complete the process of creating an account with the system. For help with SAM.gov, please visit their support page at: https://www.fsd.gov or contact them at: (+1) 334-206-7828.