AgrAbility National Training Workshop Farmer/Rancher Travel Stipend Application
The National AgrAbility Project is pleased to offer a limited number of travel stipends to farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities, and their spouses/caregivers (when applicable), to attend the 2020 National Training Workshop (NTW), scheduled for March 23-26, 2020. Both AgrAbility customers and farmers/ranchers from states not currently served by AgrAbility projects are invited to apply for scholarship funds. Applications are due by December 20, 2019.

All funds must be used exclusively for costs of attending the NTW, including:
o Cost of NTW registration for Farmers/Ranchers with disabilities
o NTW sponsored hotel accommodations up to 4 nights— March 23rd, 24th, and 25th (fourth night can be either March 22nd or March 26th ) at the Madison Concourse Hotel, ($123.59/night including taxes.)
o NOTE: While we have 12 accessible rooms reserved at the Madison Concourse Hotel, it is possible that these may be booked by the time stipends are announced. Therefore, stipend recipients needing accessible rooms may be asked to stay at The Hilton Madison Monona Terrace ($123.59/night including taxes), which is about ½ mile away from the conference hotel.
o Approved travel: airfare and transportation to/from airports, OR if driving, mileage reimbursement at the 2020 IRS standard mileage rate roundtrip to and from the NTW – up to $400 total for miles – based on MapQuest mileage.

If approved, registration and hotel accommodations (excluding incidentals) will be paid directly by the National AgrAbility Project. Airfare (if required) and mileage will be reimbursed to participants AFTER the NTW. Original receipts MUST be presented for reimbursement of each expense claimed.

Actual stipend amounts will be determined by the number of applications received and the amount of sponsorship funds available to the National AgrAbility Project. Full or partial stipends may be awarded. For consideration, applicants should be seeking a participatory role in either the NTW or state/regional activities. More than one applicant may apply per state. Priority will be given to first-time applicants.

To apply for a 2020 NTW Farmer/Rancher Travel Stipend, please complete all information in the form below. APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 20, 2019. If you need to fill out a paper form, you can contact Chuck Baldwin at 574-306-7329 or baldwi19@purdue.edu.

PLEASE NOTE: Once you have filled out the application/registration form below, do NOT register for the NTW on the AgrAbility website. NAP staff will contact you concerning your stipend application and will provide any further instructions as necessary. ALSO – it is recommended that you call the Madison Concourse Hotel at 800-356-8293 and make your room reservation as soon as possible – even before you know if you will receive a stipend – since the room block may fill up fast. Tell them that you are with the 2020 AgrAbility National Training Workshop and let them know if you need an ADA room. If you do not receive a stipend, you will have the option of cancelling your room reservation or paying for your own stay.

The NAP will transfer your reservation to the NAP bill if you receive a stipend or will notify you if you do not receive one. If all ADA rooms at the Madison Concourse Hotel are booked, there are accessible rooms blocked for us at the Hilton Monona Terrace. Call 608-255-5100 for reservations and let them know you are with AgrAbility

Stipend recipients will be announced no later than February 7th.

If you have any questions regarding the stipends, please contact Chuck Baldwin at 574-306-7329 or by email at baldwi19@purdue.edu. If Chuck is not available by phone, please contact Tess McKeel at 585-447-9015 (Office) or 585-953-8430 (Cell)or by email at tmckeel@goodwillfingerlakes.org
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