FAIC/Samuel H. Kress Foundation International Travel Grant for Speakers


The Samuel H. Kress Foundation has provided small amounts of support in the past for international speakers at the AIC Annual Meetings. Because the Kress Foundation does not fund individuals directly, the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) submits a single, unified request for all international travel funding. The attached form is designed to help AIC Specialty Groups and the General Session organizers to provide the information needed for FAIC to apply for support. If the number of proposals is extensive, the FAIC reviewers may recommend funding priorities. Proposals should be for speakers traveling from outside of the US or Canada, and may include airfare, ground transportation, lodging at the Annual Meeting hotel, and meal per diem. Honoraria, meeting registration costs, and optional events (such as workshop fees) are not eligible for funding. Award amounts have typically been in the $1,000-$2,000 range.

The deadline for receipt of applications is December 15. Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged. The attached form can be submitted electronically as a PDF form. The speakers C.V. and abstract or description of the presentation should also be sent electronically as file attachments, using the speaker's last name ("smith.doc" or “smithkressapplication.rtf”). Send the file as an e-mail attachment to faicgrants@conservation-us.org. You should receive an automated e-mail receipt within 24 hours. Alternate application procedure: four copies of the application and all supporting materials must be delivered to the AIC office no later than December 15. The applications will be reviewed and a recommendation will be made to the FAIC board for final approval. Notification of inclusion of proposals in the request to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation will be made by December 23. Actual award notifications will be made after FAIC receives notification from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation (most likely by March 1).

Criteria for Review
  • Proposed project appropriate to purpose stated above
  • Application supported by the appropriate Program Chair
  • Usefulness of speaker’s contribution to the AIC Annual Meeting
  • Qualifications of speaker
  • Usefulness of participation to the speaker
  • Budget information
  • In the event that too many applications are received, candidates may be selected based on the number of speakers put forward by each specialty group, and/or by alignment with Kress Foundation priorities.
Final Report
A final report is to be submitted to the FAIC office within 30 days after the AIC Annual Meeting. Final Report Forms are available from the FAIC Website or office. 

Links to Forms
Guidelines (PDF)
Application (PDF)
Final Report (PDF form)