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Grants for African Heritage Conservation | African World Heritage Fund | Wirkish, 2021

Deadline: July 30th, 2021

The African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) has opened applications for Conservation Grant Program to provide Conservation Grants to African State Parties to help implement projects and activities, which focus on improving the State of Conservation of World Heritage properties.

The African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) is an intergovernmental organization created in 2006 to support the effective conservation and promotion of cultural and natural heritage of outstanding universal value in Africa.

The main objective of the AWHF is to address the challenges faced by African State Parties in the implementation of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, specifically, the underrepresentation of African sites on the World Heritage List and the insufficient conservation and management of these sites. The AWHF is a category Centre under the auspices of UNESCO.


  • Projects activities are restricted to World Heritage Sites as declared by UNESCO.
  • Project proposals MUST address challenges affecting the State of Conservation of selected World Heritage property (projects addressing the conservation issues raised in the State of Conservation (SoC) reports and the decisions made by the World Heritage Committee have added advantage).
  • Projects focusing on entrepreneurship initiatives or addressing sustainability issues, including the engagement of the youth and women, at World Heritage properties.
  • Projects aiming at enhancing the legibility and accessibility of World Heritage properties through digital technologies.
  • Government institutions involved in the management and protection of World Heritage Sites.
  • The application must be approved by the Head/Director of heritage institution/organization accompanied by a cover letter endorsing the project.

Things to Note

  • AWHF grant will only cover direct costs related to the project activities.
  • Applicants should provide detailed budget in US$ for every activity to be implemented;
  • Applicants should indicate co-funding including the State Parties’ contribution to the project.
  • The projects MUST be implemented between May 2022 and February 2023.

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