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Request Assistance for a Site
WMF provides support for sites and projects through the following:
The World Monuments Watch is WMF’s flagship advocacy program, calling international attention to cultural heritage sites in need around the world. While Watch listing does not guarantee financial assistance from WMF, the nomination process is an important vehicle for bringing potential projects to our attention and to that of funders. Watch listing provides an opportunity for sites and their nominators to raise public awareness, foster local participation, advance innovation and collaboration, and demonstrate effective solutions. Since the program's inception in 1996, forty percent of all Watch sites have received WMF support totaling $90 million. By capitalizing on the attention raised by Watch listing, local entities have leveraged additional project support for Watch sites totaling more than $180 million.
Technical and Financial Assistance
WMF may directly support conservation efforts through technical assistance and collaborative project development. Please complete WMF’s online form to initiate a request for assistance. If WMF feels your project fits within our programmatic and funding parameters, you will be invited to submit a full proposal. WMF’s collaboration may include financial assistance, which often requires a minimum of a 1:1 match.
WMF collaborates with local partners for conservation projects and initiatives in all stages of development including: preliminary assessment and planning studies; pilot projects; project implementation; capacity building and education initiatives; and regional and/or multi-site collaboration on shared heritage issues. Projects must fit within WMF’s core programs of Advocacy, Education & Training, Capacity Building, Cultural Legacy, and Disaster Recovery to be considered.
WMF does not support general research, archaeological survey or investigation, the conservation and restoration of moveable artifacts and works of art, or new construction. WMF cannot provide support for the conservation of sites in private hands, whether owned by a private person or a family trust.