The British Association for American Studies (BAAS), supported by the United States Embassy, London, offers small grants for cultural, educational and outreach activities that will foster American Studies and otherwise enhance the understanding of the United States in the United Kingdom. Applications for activities that introduce new audiences to American studies and / or have a focus on children, young people, and disadvantaged communities are welcome. Applicants need to show how they intend to actively promote an understanding of the United States and how they will engage with American studies communities and the wider public. Grants may be requested for a range of activities, including (but not limited to):

  • Curriculum development, including schools activities;
  • Student exchanges;
  • US and UK Speaker programs;
  • Film and arts programming;
  • Conferences and symposia;
  • Faculty development and exchange;
  • Public dissemination of academic research.

Application Process and Deadlines

Please complete and submit the US Embassy / British Association for American Studies Small Grants Programme Form [BAAS US Embassy Draft Form (2018)] to embassygrants@baas.ac.uk by the appropriate deadline of 10 January 2018 (for activities commencing on or after 1 March 2018 or 10 May 2018 (for activities commencing on or after 1 June 2018). All activity must be completed by 31 December 2018. Applications will be assessed by a panel with representation from the US Embassy, the American Studies community and others. Applicants will normally be notified of a decision within 6 weeks of the deadline. Successful applicants will be required to submit financial information to BAAS for the processing of payments within three weeks of notification, and to provide a final narrative and financial report within three weeks of the completion of their project. As per instructions that will be provided with the grant letter, the British Association for American Studies and the US Embassy must be acknowledged in all publicity relating to the grant and in any future publications arising from it.

Restrictions

These grants cannot be used for the supply of food or drink, or for prizes. Where flights to/from the United States are included, these must (under the Fly America Act) be provided by a US carrier. Further information will be provided in the grant letter. There are maximum figures payable for honoraria and for subsistence and overnight accommodation; again, further details will be provided. Awards cannot be made retrospectively.