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​​​APS Caregiver Support Travel Grant​

Purpose of Travel Grant

Established in 2022, the APS Family and Caregiver Support Committee along with support from APS Council and sponsorships, aims to provide up to three travel grants ($500 each) to support travel to APS Annual Meetings for current APS members that are either caregivers or require Personal Assistance Services to cover the additional costs associated with travel. ​

For the purpose of this grant, a caregiver will be defined as an APS member ​who provides primary care for an individual who is unable to solely care for themselves (e.g. a young or disabled child, a sick, injured or elderly partner, spouse or relative). Personal Assistance Services (PAS) are defined by the US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy ​and could include traveling with a PAS for assistance with mobility issue, visual impairment, or sign language interpreter.  

Approved Travel Grant Fund Usage

The travel grant may be used for any caregiving/PAS costs that the applicant would not normally incur during their workday, such as the cost (airfare, hotel, meals) to travel with a child/caregiver or PAS or after-hours at-home care, or cost of breast-milk transport services.​

How to Apply

​Call for applications will open spring of 2024.

Applicants are required to be current APS members and must declare that they will use the funds for the approved travel expenses. Travel grant preference will be given to individuals who are:

  • Current APS members who are earlier in their career
  • Attending the Plant Health meeting for the first time
  • Presenting/have mentees presenting (oral given preference over poster) at Plant Health 2024
  • Volunteering within the Plant Health 2024 meeting

The top applicants will be entered into a drawing for the three available travel grants ($500 each). Travel funds will be distributed to the individuals at Plant Health 2024​. ​

Review Committee​​

The subcommittee of three members from the APS Family and Caregiver Support Committee will aid in the promotion, solicitation, review, and selection of travel grantees. The committee will request feedback from travel grant recipients on the grant process and use of funds. After two years of travel grants, the committee will conduct a review of the travel grant program and present their summary and any proposed revisions to APS Council for approval on continued support for the program.​