SAF – How to apply
GUIDE TO COMPLETING THE efsli Supportive Attendance Fund APPLICATION FORM
Please read the information in this guidance carefully BEFORE completing the Application Form!
- The efsli Supportive Attendance Fund has been set up to provide funds to sign language interpreters from European countries with a GDP of 15.000 (fifteen thousand) Euro or lower to attend an efsli Conference and AGM. These eligible countries are listed on our website.
- Applications will be processed by a sub- committee.
- The fund will not cover 100 percent of the cost to attend an efsli event. The fund can be used to cover travel costs (amount agreed by the committee), accommodation costs (up to 100%), conference fee (up to 100%) or combination of the above.
- The applicant is also expected to make some contribution or seek out other funding opportunities.
- Applications will be processed by a date agreed by the committee of each year and the successful applicants will be informed of how much funding has been approved and how it will be paid. They will also be informed of their obligations as a result of being successful (please refer to section heading “Requirements of Successful Applicants). Unsuccessful applicants will be informed of why their application has been unsuccessful. All applicants will be sent a letter advising ofthe decision made.
- The applicant must be a working sign language interpreter or, in rare circumstances, another professional working in the field of deafness/interpreting.
- The applicant must reside and work in one of the countries listed in the list of eligible countries.
- The GDP of the Eligible country must be 15,000 (fifteen thousand) Euro or less at the time of application
- If the applicant is from an eligible country who has a national organization then the application must be submitted by the national organization on behalf of the applicant
- If the applicant is from an eligible country with no national organization then the application should be submitted with a supporting letter from the National Association of the Deaf.
- The sub-committee may under special circumstances approve applicants from countries who have a GDP per capita of more than 15.000 (fifteen thousand) Euro. (For example, wherethere are sufficient funds or where the only applications are from countries who have a GDP per capita of more than 15.000 (fifteen thousand) Euro.)
The Applicant may not apply for funding if:
- They are planning to work as an interpreter at the efsli event in Question
- They have been convicted of an offence concerning their professional conduct by a judgement, which has the force of res judicata;
- They have been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by any means, which the funding authority can justify;
- They have been the subject of a judgement, which has the force of res judicata for fraud, corruption, and involvement in a criminal organization or any other illegal activity detrimental to efsli’s interests.
Does your country have a national association?
If the applicant is from an eligible country that has a national organisation then ALL sections must be completed. The National Association must complete Section 2 and provide a letter of support on their official letterhead with the application.
What happens if your country does not have a national association?
If the applicant is from an eligible country that does not have a national organisation then ALL sections EXCEPT section 2 must be completed. The applicant will need to provide a letter of support from a third party. This could be a letter from the national deaf organisation or where this does not exist, then from someone who is involved in the field of interpreting that supports your application.
Letters of Support
These should always been in written form on official letterhead and signed by someone who holds a position if it is the national association or if there is no national association of Sign Language Interpreters – from a representative of the national deaf association. This letter of support is meant to outline why the organisation is supporting the applicant and why it thinks that he or she should be funded by saf.
Please answer EACH question FULLY and PERSONALLY.Only section 7 has to be filled in by your national association
Please ensure that it is signed and dated and comes with the attachments.
Incomplete applications and late applications will not be accepted!
Successful Applicant Requirements
- Successful Applicants will be expected to promote the Fund by publicising their success in being granted funding
- The EFSLI Membership will also be able to promote the Fund by publicising details of Successful Applicant
- Successful Applicants will be required to give a short presentation at the efsli AGM on the topic of the conference
- Successful Applicants will be required to write a Country Report, which will be published in the efsli Newsletter
- Successful Applicants will be required to provide a report following conference on how it was a benefit also for publication by efsli
A Grant is made but you cannot attend
If an Applicant is unable to attend after having obtained funding, the following criteria applies:
If the application is from an individual then any payments made must be returned.
If the application is from a national association then the sub-committee will consider a substitute being sent.
The sub-committee will be responsible for making a decision in all cases where a successful applicant is unable to attend and will consider all circumstances when making their decision.