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Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities 2016 Education Travel Fund Application is Now Available

What you need to know:


The Education Travel Fund


The purpose of this fund is to assist Tennesseans with disabilities and their families to attend meetings, conferences and workshops held around the country and in Tennessee. It also assists Tennessee conferences by providing stipends for people with disabilities and their families, and conference presenters.


Who can apply?


An individual with a disability; a parent, family member, or guardian of an individual with a disability; a representative of an organization seeking stipends for individuals with a disability to attend a conference; a representative of an advocacy organization seeking conference support for conference presenters presenting on a disability topic. Employees or compensated board members of a disability organization are not eligible for this fund. The applicant cannot work in the same field as the focus area of the conference being attended.


How much can I apply for?


In order to extend Education Grants to as many people as possible, the following limits apply to requests: $500 per person per year; $1000 per family per year; and $1000 - $1500 to an organization for conference support. All awards depend on the availability of funds.


How can the grant money be used?

The funds for this grant can be used for conference registration; attendant care; hotel/lodging; transportation; child care; respite care or meals.


When do I get my money?

The Education Grant reimburses you for actual expenses. When you are approved for the grant, an award letter will be sent to you. Included in that letter will be the details on how you will be reimbursed for your approved expenses. You need to save all your receipts (e.g., food, hotel, gas, transportation). You will complete and submit the reimbursement forms provided to you after you return from the activity.


For further information, visit to read the full program description with requirements and to download an application, or contact Alicia Cone at, or 615.532.6615.


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