Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation is the only cultural preservation program of the U.S. government that provides direct small grant support to heritage preservation in other countries. Through the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, the U.S. Department of State helps eligible countries around the world preserve cultural heritage such as 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.

Since 2001 the U.S. Government has awarded cultural preservation grants to seven projects in Moldova through the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation. For more information please visit the program site at http://eca.state.gov/cultural-heritage-center/ambassadors-fund-cultural-preservation.

Ongoing projects:

In 2016 and 2017 the AFCP awarded $150,000 and $200,000 grants respectively for preventive conservation, stabilization, and restoration, of one of the oldest medieval churches in the area. Up until

now the grantee, the Archaeological Research Center of the Republic of Moldova, conducted archaeological excavations, built a new sewage and electricity system, replaced the church masonry and pre-consolidated the frescos in church’s altar area. In 2018 the interior frescos pre-consolidation and conservation will continue. The total project cost is estimated at $1.6 million.

The Assumption of the Virgin Mary church is among the oldest churches in Moldova. It is the only church in Moldova that has all of its interior walls covered with frescoes. The frescoes were painted by Wallachian artists in 1763. Wallachia was a historical and geographical region of Romania that existed from the 15th to 19th centuries. These particular frescoes are considered the only remaining example of the Byzantine-Romanian style paintings of the 18th century in the easternmost part of Europe.

Preservation of Early 19th-Century Bessarabian Charters and Historical Documents 

In 2017 the AFCP also awarded $55,350 grant to the Librarians League of Moldova NGO to preserve, treat, restore and exhibit Bessarabian Charters housed at the National Library of the Republic of Moldova (NLRM). They represent an unique collection of documents, reflecting economical, political and cultural life of Moldova, part of the printed heritage of the Republic of Moldova. For example, one of the Bessarabian Charters, named “Manifesto” was issued at the conclusion of peace between Russia and France on 18 May, 1814. Several Charters serve as an abundant chronicle of Russian-Turkish war during 1828-1829.

Most of the Charters are published in the first part of XIX century, and the paper used for their production is 200 years old, with evident signs of decay, degradation and pest infection. Properly treated, restored and exhibited in special furniture with microclimate conditions, Bessarabian Carters will be available to local public within new exhibition area, opening of which is planned for 2018.