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, FAIC submits a single, unified request for all international travel funding. This application process 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. 

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


The deadline for receipt of applications is December 15. Applications must be submit by AIC Specialty Group Chairs or Program Chairs. This person will act as the sponsor of the speaker. AIC Specialty Group Chairs and Program Chairs may contact FAIC at faicgrants@conservation-us.org for a link to the application portal. It is recommended that each specialty group submit no more than two applications for funding. If you are not the Chair or Program Chair of an AIC Specialty Group but are seeking funding, please contact the Program Chair of the session during which you are speaking.

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).

Final Report

A final report consisting of a 500 - 1,000 word narrative, at least two images, and a final budget summarizing the expenses and sources of revenue to attend the Annual Meeting is due 30 days after the AIC Annual Meeting. Final reports should be sent to faicgrants@conservation-us.org and are required to be eligible for future funding. Reports may be published in part or in full by FAIC, including posting on the FAIC website.