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.

Application Process

When you apply for an FAIC professional development scholarship, you will be automatically considered for awards generously funded by FAIC, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Tru Vue.

When you enter the application portal, you will be prompted to login to the system using a login ID and password. If you already have an account with AIC/FAIC (this should be the case if you are an AIC member or have participated in an AIC/FAIC program), use the same login information you use to access that account. If you do not have an account in the system, you can quickly set one up before you begin your application.

The online form will take you through the four sections of the application:

  1. Applicant information (name and contact information, resume/CV, etc.).
  2. Project information (meeting goals, how it will advance the participants professionally, how will results be shared).
  3. Participants (names and contact information of participants).
  4. Budget information (total project costs and FAIC funding request).

    You can save and return to your application later to complete it. When you are satisfied with your responses, “save and finalize” to submit your application. Once the application has been submitted, you cannot return to edit the form.


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.

Apply for Funding

The application will become available eight weeks prior to the deadline.

Final Report

A final report is to be submitted to the FAIC office within 60 days after the project completion. Please use the Final Report Form. Final reports may be published in full or in part by FAIC, including posting to the AIC-FAIC website.
If you experience any difficulties please contact:
Sarah Saetren, Education Coordinator
(202) 661-8071