First-Time Conference Attendee Grants

First Time Conference Attendees Grants for the 2024 National Conference in Baltimore are tentatively scheduled to open the first of March.  Check back after March 1, and the link to apply will be provided on this page. 

Little People of America offers two grants to current LPA members who are first-time National Conference attendees.  

The Kitchens Fund for First-Time Conference Attendees was established in honor of the Kitchens' family and is available to eligible Little People of America members of all ages.  To qualify for the fund, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1) must be a first-time attendee of a National Conference
2) must be a paid member of LPA in good standing, and
3) must be accompanied by an adult/guardian, if a minor

Grant amounts vary from year-to-year based on available funds but average $300-$750 per family.

The Ellen Fernandez Fund for First-Time National Conference Attendees is available only to members age 18 and older.  The Ellen Fernandez Fund for First-Time Conference Attendees was created in 2015 to encourage adult Little People of America members to attend the National Conference. To qualify, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1) must be a first-time attendee of a National Conference
2) must be a paid member of Little People of America in good standing, and
3) must be age 18 and older

Ellen Fernandez Fund grants are generally $1000-$1500.

For 2023 grant recipients, minimum grant awards will include:  1) complementary base-registration fee (excluding fees for off-site or extracurricular activities) and 2) waived hotel fees for a pre-determined number of nights depending on the grant received.  LPA will work with recipients after they are notified to arrange conference registration and hotel reservation, as needed.  If the grant amount exceeds the minimum amount, then reimbursement checks for the balance will be given to recipients on-site during the Conference. 

We encourage members to submit their application early.  Although the deadline to submit a grant is May 15th, grants will be awarded in two phases.  All grant applications received by April 1, will be reviewed, and notified of any grant awards by April 20.  Applications received after April 1 will be reviewed and notified of awards by May 31.