Online application portal: http://grants.fieldmuseum.org/. Please refer to the tutorial at the bottom of the page to help you through the online application process. The submission deadline is December 1, 2013.

Program Description

The SPCME program encourages site preservation, artifact restoration, museum exhibitions, and infrastructural enhancement, including the development of on-line digital catalogues of museum collections. This program funds projects that concern archaeological sites and museum collections in Bulgaria that have suffered from long periods of neglect and are in dire need of restoration. We welcome proposals that stimulate the development of cultural tourism and the Bulgarian economy and encourage proposals that have strong community outreach, educational and innovative components. This grant is financed by the America for Bulgaria Foundation.

Requests for funding must be in US dollars and should not, under normal circumstances, exceed $50,000 for one year. It is possible to reapply for this funding in subsequent years. ARCS requires cost-sharing on the part of the local institution, which can be raised through municipality and state budgets, regional development programs, local donations, or in-kind support. The amount of cost-sharing is negotiable, but proposals for which at least 10% of the cost is borne by the applicant's home institution have a higher chance of being funded. This program does not provide funds to support research expenses incurred before the date of a grant, or general activities of other institutions or entities, including "overhead expenses" or "indirect costs.”

Eligibility Requirements 

At the time of application submission, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

  • The Bulgarian applicant must have a master’s or doctoral degree.
  • The Bulgarian applicant must hold a permanent position in a Bulgarian research institute, museum, or university

Applications should be made through an institution to which the grant can be awarded, and which will assume financial oversight of the award. Applicants may submit more than one application per funding season. 

Reporting Requirements

Acceptance of funding carries an obligation to provide reports on project accomplishments, as well as an account of the expenditure of grant funds. No renewal applications will be accepted for review without the inclusion of progress and financial reports. ARCS requires monthly reports of spending for all projects awarded funding and quarterly narrative reports on the progress of the project. The Bulgarian institution receiving the funds will be responsible for financial oversight and monthly reports. The staff of ARCS will act as the American institution responsible for the oversight of spending. All projects funded through this program are required to acknowledge ARCS and ABF in presentations and publications that derive from the research.