Small Meeting Grants


FAIC offers support of up to $2,500 to help defray costs to develop and hold small meetings of AIC members.  Meetings may include seminars, research, brainstorming, problem-solving or other continuing education endeavors that support professional development and the conservation profession.  Meetings may be held in conjunction with the AIC Annual Meeting.

This grant is intended to support meetings of between 8-12 participants, whether face-to-face or through phone, video, or web-conferencing.  The small meeting is expected to produce a result; i.e. a decision, clarification of an idea, or articulation of a problem.  The result should be of benefit to the conservation profession.  


The grant is intended to encourage ad-hoc, issue-driven discussions rather than to support on-going organizations.  AIC committees, task forces, and specialty groups are not eligible to receive this or any other FAIC grant, but may assist with organizing the proposed meeting.  AIC members should comprise the majority of the meeting participants.

Criteria for Review

Eligible expenses include meeting space or conferencing technology costs, AV support, supplies, and facilitation.  Expenses for refreshments and “working meals” can be included if justified.  Travel expenses, such as transportation, lodging, and meals, are not eligible for funding, except as required for a facilitator or relevant expert from outside the conservation field who would not otherwise attend the meeting.  

Criteria for Review

  • Proposed meeting appropriate to purpose stated above
  • Usefulness to the participants and the conservation profession
  • Qualifications of co-applicants (two required)
  • Demonstrated need for the meeting
  • Quality of the proposed outline or agenda
  • Demonstration of ability to reach a decision or solve a problem (a definable outcome) 
  • Appropriateness of proposed attendees and/or method for selecting attendees.
  • Letters of commitment from four or more participants
  • Reasonableness and completeness of budget information

Final Report

A final report is to be submitted to the FAIC office within 60 days after the project completion.  Final Report Forms are available from the FAIC Website or office.  Final reports will be published in full or in part by FAIC, including posting to the AIC-FAIC website.


Applications must be received by the FAIC office no later than September 15. The applications will be reviewed and a recommendation will be made to the FAIC board for final approval.   Notification of awards will be six weeks after each deadline.  Projects should take place six weeks to twelve months after the application deadline.

Electronic submissions are required.  Combine the application form and all supporting materials into a single electronic document (or into as few documents as feasible) in PDF (portable document format), format.  Name the file(s) to include your last name ("smith.pdf"). Send the file(s) as an e-mail attachment to no later than September 15. You should receive an e-mail receipt within 72 hours.


Guidelines (PDF)
Guidelines (MS Word)
Application (PDF)
Application (MS Word)
Final Report (PDF)
Final Report (MS Word)

If you experience any difficulties please contact:
Sarah Saetren, Education Coordinator
(202) 661-8071