First Time Conference Attendee Grants

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 the applicant 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)                 any minor child must be accompanied by an adult/guardian 

Grant amounts vary from year-to-year based on available funds but average $200-$300 per family.
Click here to apply. Application deadline is March 1. Applicants will be notified by phone or e-mail by April 5.


The Ellen Fernandez Fund for First Time National Conference Attendees is available only to members age 18 and above.

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.

Click here to apply.
Application deadline is March 1. Applicants will be notified by phone or e-mail by April 5.

Since funds for travel are limited and Little People of America tries to help as many applicants as possible, the grants 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 will be awarded until the applicant is actually at the conference, therefore, conference reservations and travel arrangements should be made in advance.  This award is a reimbursement.  

Application deadline is March 1. Applicants will be notified by phone or e-mail by April 5.