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Faculty Travel Awards for Child, Elder or Dependent Care Funding Criteria

The Faculty Travel Award funds may be used for child, elder or dependent care at the site of the conference/meeting or for additional dependent care at home, while the award recipient is traveling to a conference/meeting. The funds can be used for on-site care or transportation costs for the dependent(s) or caregiver(s). The award recipient will certify that the requested funds for dependent care are additional expenses due to the travel and are above and beyond normal dependent care expenses.

For single caretakers and faculty members whose spouse/partner is not available for child care or dependent care due to work obligations or extenuating circumstances, the Faculty Travel Award can be used for child, elder or dependent care expenses.

Allowable expenses

The Faculty Travel Award funds may be used for child, elder or dependent care expenses at home or at the conference:

  • Travel expenses for the dependent and, if appropriate, for the caregiver
  • Accommodations for caregiver if s/he stays overnight with the dependent
  • On-site daycare expenses
  • Reasonable dependent care expenses over and above the costs, if any, that you would normally incur at home or if your dependent must travel with you during the trip

The Faculty Travel Award funds may NOT be used for:

  • Child care, elder care or dependent care expenses at home that would normally be incurred (i.e., aftercare at school, dependent care that is provided on an on-going basis)
  • Meals, groceries for the dependent(s) or the caregiver(s) (i.e., normally occurring provisions)
  • Any of the faculty member’s expenses
  • Conference registration for the faculty member
  • Other expenses not associated to the additional care or travel of the dependent(s)

Who qualifies as a dependent?

A dependent is defined as:

  1. a healthy child (≤ 12 years) who resides with the applicant and for whom the applicant is a primary caregiver; or
  2. a child/adolescent (≤18 years) who is physically or mentally disabled, requires assistance with daily activities, resides with the applicant, and for whom the applicant is a primary caregiver; or
  3. a disabled adult/elder (spouse, parent, parent-in-law or grandparent) who spends at least eight hours every day in the applicant's home and for whom the applicant has caregiving responsibility.