Getting to the conference can be expensive! We are committed to bringing together student and community activists who are most affected by reproductive injustices, and who are on the frontlines of creating reproductive justice.
As part of this commitment, we have fundraising resources for you to use and some stipends available to lower your travel and hotel expenses.
Fun!draising for Your Conference Travel
Check out our fundraising guide, Supporting Ourselves, Supporting Each Other: A Quick Guide to DIY Fun!draising, for ideas and resources for DIY and community fundraising.
We have limited funding to provide travel and hotel stipends. While we cannot offer stipends to everyone who applies, we will do our best to bring as many people as possible from as many communities as possible. We generally can't cover 100% of your travel and hotel costs, which is why we ask all travel stipend recipients to commit to covering some portion of travel expenses (and why we have resources available for you and your group to fundraise). We recognize that personally contributing to or fundraising to cover travel expenses is a question of individual capacity and scale – it’s different for everyone. Whether your goal is to raise $50 individually or $3000 for a group of 4, we trust that you know your own capacity.
• February 15th: We begin reviewing applications and sending out stipend offers on a rolling basis. We encourage you to complete your application early!
• March 1st: Final deadline for stipend applications.
• March 11th: Stipend offers sent out to recipients.
• Week of March 18th: We support stipend recipients in booking travel and making hotel arrangements.
• April 12-14th: Conference!
• May: We’ll get back in touch with you to get feedback on our travel stipend program and your conference experience.
We work to make the conference accessible to people and groups from across spectrums of gender, race, sexuality, disability, age, religion, nationality and country of origin, and from across geographic regions. Stipends are granted to people without access to personal funding for conference expenses, who would not be able to attend the conference without funding assistance. Priority will also be given to first time participants. We prioritize funding people and groups who are directly affected by reproductive injustices, including but not limited to: formerly incarcerated people, sex workers and people who work in street economies, youth, teen families, people living with HIV/AIDS, people with disabilities, rural organizers, people of color, queer and trans people, people from criminalized communities, and poor and working class people.
We encourage group stipend applications because:
• Traveling alone is not as fun as traveling with others!
• Fundraising with others is better, too.
• It can be safer and easier to travel with others.
• Coming to a new and unfamiliar place can be daunting – and you only have three days to get comfortable enough to absorb all of the information possible and network with other activists.
• When you bring more people from your community, you increase your capacity for bringing the learning, networking, and strategizing back with you.
You can apply individually or as a group, and you only need to send one application. To complete your application, we’ll need you to (briefly and concisely) tell us:
• How attending the conference will impact you, your organization, your relationship to the reproductive rights and justice movements, or support the work you do in your community.
• Your personal or group fundraising plan (what resources you plan to tap in to, what fundraising events you’re planning, and how much you plan to raise).
• How you plan to bring your conference experience back to your community.
• Estimated travel and hotel expenses.
• Contact info & demographic info for you and/or members of your group.
The 2014 stipend application form will be available in late winter 2014.