ALIPH Foundation - Call for projects
Created in March 2017 as a response to the destruction of cultural heritage during recent conflicts, either intentional or collateral, in sites like Timbuktu, Mosul, Nimrud, Palmyra, or Aleppo, the ALIPH Foundation (International Alliance for the protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas) now brings together several countries: France, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Morocco, China, and Switzerland, along with key civil society figures and institutions to finance preventive measures, emergency interventions and concrete post-conflict rehabilitation projects, all around the world.
Buddhas of Bamiyan - ©Babak Fakhamzadeh - Flickr
With a unique guiding spirit: "Action, Action, Action", ALIPH has already launched 3 large-scale projects:
- The rehabilitation of the Mosul museum in Iraq, that was devastated by DAESH in 2014, a joint-project in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, the Musée du Louvre, the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage.
- The rehabilitation of Mar Behnam Monastery in Iraq with its Syriac Library, also destroyed under the presence of DAESH in 2015, a joint-project between ALIPH and the Association Fraternity in Iraq.
- The rehabilitation of the Tomb of Askia in Mali, that almost collapsed due to non-maintenance caused by the presence of armed groups in 2012 and 2013, a project fully financed by ALIPH itself.
ALIPH now launches its first Call for Projects with the ambition of protecting cultural heritage in conflict areas.
The projects have to provide very specific details on how to support and/or reconstructruc cultural heritage in conflict zones or post-conflict situations in order to be considered.
The grants will be divided in two categories:
1. Two deadlines per year for a broad call for projects.
2. Throughout the year, for emergency projects that will allow to act immediately and will support measures designed to mitigate an imminent risk of damage to a site, monument, museum or collection.