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Why CEDAR Dependent Care Grants?

The financial burden of child and adult dependent care affects CEDAR community members. The impact can be so great that it often prevents attendance at meetings, especially for early career scientists. The CEDAR scientific steering committee conducted a survey in the summer of 2019 and the results showed that the CEDAR community has a strong interest in helping members with dependents attend the CEDAR workshop. Therefore, members may apply for dependent care grants for use either at the meeting location or at home. Initially, the grants will be financed by voluntary contributions from CEDAR community members.

CEDAR Dependent Care Grants

CEDAR would like to offer small grants up to $400 for CEDAR workshop attendees to reduce barriers that may arise as a result of the need for dependent care. The amount available for such grants is dependent upon contributions made by CEDAR attendees during meeting registration.

The application deadline is 24 April, 2020. In the event that the number of requests for grants exceeds the available funding, preference will be given to applicants in the early stages of their careers and applicants who explain clearly their need for dependent care support.

A dependent is defined as a minor, a person with a disability regardless of age, or dependent elderly.

Allowable Expenses

  • Dependent care expenses incurred at the site of the meeting (e.g., daycare expenses, local caretaker, camps).
  • Dependent care expenses incurred at the caretaker’s home, as a result of the caretaker’s meeting attendance.
  • Expenses incurred in having a caretaker at the meeting to assist with dependent care.

Not allowable

  • CEDAR attendee’s mileage and travel expenses to and from the CEDAR workshop or tickets to local museums, etc.
  • Dependent care expenses at the home of the primary caretaker that would normally be incurred, despite meeting attendance (e.g., childcare, eldercare, after/before school care, or other dependent care that is provided on an on-going basis)
  • Airfare for dependent and caretaker traveling to the meeting.
  • Meals or groceries for the attendee, dependent(s), or the caregiver while at the meeting location.

Reimbursement Requests

Reimbursement will be made after all travel is completed. All expenses must be justified with a receipt to claim the grant. All receipts must be submitted to the Tammy Kepple (tkepple at within 10 days of the end of the workshop. For questions please contact Astrid Maute or Tammy Kepple.


The deadline date is 24 April, 2020. Please send a paragraph describing your dependent care needs to Astrid Maute via e-mail (maute at