First-Time Conference Attendee Grants

To apply for a 2020 First-Time Conference Attendee Grants, please complete the application located HERE.  All applications for scholarships must be completed by April 19. 

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 for larger amounts ($1000-$1500) to encourage attendance by adults who have not been exposed to Little People of America. 

Funds for travel are limited.  Little People of America endeavors to help as many applicants as possible. Grants, however, are not intended to cover the total expenses of attending a National Conference. Partial travel expenses OR a complimentary hotel room for a few nights, OR meal expenses are examples of a typical award.  No monies are awarded until the applicant is actually at the conference.  Conference reservations and travel arrangements should, therefore, be made in advance.  This award is considered a reimbursement.