Estonia Latvia Lithuania United States of America
The Baltic-American Dialogue program fosters the exchange of ideas between the Baltic States and U.S. and stimulates international collaboration.
PUBLIC ORGANIZATIONS – HOST U.S. SPEAKERS
Public organizations in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are invited to apply for funds to host speakers from the U.S. to travel to the Baltics. BAFF provides successful applicant organizations with financial support to sponsor American speakers on topics of mutual importance and interest. Funding is designed to cover expenses such as airfare, local lodging and meals, and transportation. Applicant organizations are encouraged to design programs and invite speakers to address the interests of their unique constituencies. Cross-Baltic institutional cooperation and programs with opportunities for student participation are especially encouraged.
BALTIC EXPERTS – ADDRESS U.S. AUDIENCES
Baltic experts who have been invited to present at major U.S. conferences or to address significant U.S. audiences are invited to apply for funds to cover unreimbursed costs of attending, such as airfare, and lodging, and meals
HOW WILL PROPOSALS BE EVALUATED?
Proposals are evaluated by members of the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation Board of Advisors, which includes representatives of a range of educational and civic organizations across the Baltics. Board of Advisors members affiliated with organizations submitting proposals will recuse from the process. Proposals will also be assessed by BAFF staff members based in the Baltics and the U.S. Special consideration will be given to proposals jointly developed by, for example, American Chambers of Commerce for programs taking place successively in all three capitals, or by university faculties cooperating across several disciplines. Consideration will also be given to proposals that include faculty symposia, discussion groups, student forums, related competitions, or other unique opportunities for involvement with a topic. Baltic Expert applications will be evaluated based on the significance of the U.S. conference, size and importance of the audience, and opportunities for post-program collaboration. Experts must be specifically invited to participate in a conference or meeting that would not regularly be funded by the home institution. Funding is not intended to cover regular conference participation. Travel funding is intended to cover only expenses that are not reimbursed by either the applicant’s Baltic organization or the inviting organization. Travel funds will be disbursed based on submitted expenses, according to the unique requirements of applicants. Other criteria:
- Demonstration of benefit to both the Baltics and the U.S.
- Relevance and reach of the proposed topic
- Budget detail and rationale (Note: budgets must be submitted in USD.)
- Collaboration across institutions
- Post-program implementation
- Availability of other funding sources
- Funding cannot be used to cover personnel expenses of the applicant or the sponsoring organization.
WHAT IS REQUIRED OF FINALISTS?
Finalists will be invited to present their proposals in person. Presentations should address:
- Rationale for the topic to be addressed
- Benefit to be gained by both parties (i.e., the sponsoring organization and the speaker)
- Speaker’s CV or resume
- Date or time period of the event. The event should occur within nine months of application approval.
- Well-researched budget, in USD, for the funds requested
- Adequate public relations including public relations related to BAFF, which may include advance publicity, sale or distribution of tickets, and arrangement for press coverage
- Support the applying or inviting institution will provide
- How the outcome of the event will be measured—size of the audience, further opportunities for collaboration, scholarly citations, etc.
Opportunity is About:
Candidates should be from:
Description of Ideal Candidate:
PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY-BALTIC PUBLIC ORGANIZATIONS
Educational institutions such as universities, government entities, nongovernmental organizations such as Chambers of Commerce, social service organizations, and trade and business groups are eligible to apply for funding. Speakers should be chosen according to the interests and needs of the sponsoring group. Since visibly strengthening U.S.-Baltic ties is a core value for the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation, the strongest proposals will provide opportunities for bilateral learning and exchange of ideas between U.S. speakers and members of Baltic sponsoring institutions. In addition, proposals that include collaboration between similar groups or institutions within the Baltics and those that contain educational components for secondary or university students will be given special consideration.
PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY-BALTIC EXPERTS
Baltic experts who have been invited to speak at major U.S. conferences or to address significant audiences on issues of special importance are invited to apply. All BAFF programs alumni,are eligible to apply.
Deadline: October 01, 2021
Cost/funding for participants:
HOW MUCH CAN BE GRANTED?
Applications will be accepted for funding of up to $10,000 USD. Funds will be disbursed as required based on the schedule provided in the application but no more than 60 days prior to the event.
Funding of up to $5,000 USD is available for successful applicants. Funds will be disbursed according to the requirements and schedule specified in the application but no more than 60 days prior to the event.
WHAT TYPES OF EXPENSES CAN BE INCLUDED IN A PROPOSAL?
Since the opportunity to travel to the Baltics and meet with counterparts in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania represents a substantial benefit for potential U.S. speakers, funding does not cover speakers’ fees or honoraria. Rather, funds are intended to cover expenses such as airfare, local lodging and meals, and associated events, such as receptions. Eligible expenses include:
- International airfare
- Local lodging and meals
- Local transportation
- Venue expenses, such as rental fees
- Speaker receptions
- Supplementary events, such as faculty symposia or student seminars
- Post-program publication of proceedings
- Funding does not cover speakers’ fees or honoraria.
Non-reimbursed expenses such as:
- Conference registration
- International airfare
- Local transportation
- Conference hotel
- Per diem allowance for meals and incidentals
- Post-program publication or dissemination of proceedings