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Antiquities Endowment Fund

Antiquities Endowment Fund


Photo credit:Coffin emerging from the sand in the Abydos Middle Cemetery, photo by Suzanne Davis.





About the Program

Created with resources from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as allocated by the U.S. Congress, ARCE's Antiquities Endowment Fund (AEF) sustains an ongoing grants program to support the conservation, preservation and documentation of Egypt's cultural heritage and the dissemination of knowledge about that heritage.

The Antiquities Endowment Fund awards one-year grants for highly focused professional projects that serve the conservation, preservation and documentation needs of Egyptian antiquities that are more than 100 years old. Projects may involve actual conservation or protection of sites or buildings or objects; participation of conservators or other appropriate specialists in antiquities projects; training of conservators and students; or the production of publications and presentations that disseminate knowledge about Egypt's cultural heritage.

Grant Categories are: Conservation, Preservation and Presentation; Training of Egyptian Personnel; Student Training, and Publication Subsidies.

View AEF projects.


In light of the evolving situation in Egypt, the AEF Committee voted to introduce a new AEF Emergency Grant to assist in any critical conservation and/or training needs. This grant will be awarded to a project that is deemed too critical to wait until the February 15 deadline. A project will be judged on the likelihood of its having a beneficial impact and a realistic completion within a twelve month period. The AEF Emergency Grant is not available for the completion of outstanding projects.

Funds are limited and the award level will vary from year to year. Please contact Jane Smythe for current available AEF Emergency Grant funds. AEF grants only support direct project costs. Indirect costs are not allowable.

PLEASE NOTE: The award shall be made under the same conditions as the AEF awards with regard to contract and dispersal of award. Required permissions from the Egyptian Government must be submitted on application. Implementation of the project must occur within 90 days after the award is granted.


IMPORTANT: If the required documents are not submitted on application your proposal will not be considered by the committee. Please read the check list carefully.

Changes have been made to award categories, please read carefully. AEF does not fund indirect costs. Please do not request indirect costs either in your proposal or in any resulting contract. ARCE is not responsible for currency fluctuations.

For each project, submit a completed AEF Application form and AEF Budget forms. All forms are downloadable below. All submissions must be sent electronically via email to AEF applications must be received by midnight on February 15th each year.

ARCE Board members, staff, and their immediate families are not eligible to apply for AEF funding, per ARCE's Conflict of Interest Policy.

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Application Forms and Guidelines

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