2024 BPA/HUD Annual Conference Registration Scholarship and Travel Stipend

THIS OPPORTUNITY IS NOW OPEN. THE APPLICATION WINDOW CLOSES FEBRUARY 21 AT 11:59 P.M. ET.

Are you working to improve health in indoor home environments by:

  • Reducing exposures to common indoor air contaminants, including radon, mold and moisture, dust mites, environmental tobacco smoke (secondhand smoke), pests, particulate matter, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), combustion byproducts (e.g., CO and NO2), and other emerging indoor air quality (IAQ) issues, and/or
  • Preventing childhood lead poisoning, by reducing exposure to lead in paint, dust, soil, water, and/or consumer products?

Are you focused on building local capacity and advancing evidence-based efforts focused on policy and systems change?

Do you value opportunities to learn from experts in the healthy housing field, discuss common challenges/solutions faced in your work, and connect with peers from across the country?

If you answered yes to any of the three questions above, this opportunity is for you!

The National Center for Healthy Housing is pleased to announce a new scholarship award to help support registration and travel costs for at least 10 individuals to attend the Building Performance Association (BPA) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (HUD OLCHHH) integrated National Home Performance Conference and Trade Show/National Healthy Homes Conference, to be held April 8-11, 2024, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Through a simple application process, at least 10 individuals will be randomly selected to receive a combined award consisting of a full conference registration (estimated retail value $995) and a $750 travel stipend to offset a portion of anticipated travel costs.

Note: (1) While multiple applications from the same organization may be submitted, only one scholarship will be awarded per organization; (2) if a selected applicant resides within 50 miles of the conference location, the travel stipend will be reduced to $200 to reflect the reduced travel need.

Applicants will need to complete a brief survey, and at least 10 recipients will be selected by random drawing. Anyone with good faith intentions of attending the conference and financial need can apply; we will ask that recipients commit to attending the conference once they have completed the registration process.

Between award announcement and the conference event, awardees will be asked to participate in one 45-minute call to discuss local healthy housing efforts and identify potential opportunities for NCHH to engage in support. During the application process, all applicants will be able to express an interest in connecting with NCHH staff and learning more about potentially accessing a peer learning community and/or receiving customized technical assistance (TA) at no charge.

These scholarship awards are not intended to completely cover all fees associated with attending this conference and are meant as an assistance for those with limited funds available to support participation. Upon selection, NCHH will provide awarded participants with instructions to register directly with the conference organizers; the fixed amount travel stipends will be processed and dispersed upon receipt of a signed agreement, confirmation of registration, and scheduling of the 45-minute call noted above.

At the conference event, attendees will not be assumed to be representing NCHH, but we may request that you stop by an informal networking session or share some pictures of your time at the conference!

Submit your application by Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. ET. NCHH plans to announce the awarded applicants on or about Monday, February 26, 2024.

This scholarship award has been made possible through cooperative agreements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with generous support from the Building Performance Association.

The application can be accessed on the SurveyMonkey platform here.

Who Should Apply for This Scholarship?

These scholarships are open to anyone with plans or interest in attending the conference. Attendance might be particularly beneficial to those working to take systems-level action to advance healthy housing activities related to addressing indoor air quality (IAQ) or preventing childhood lead poisoning. For examples of strategies and activities NCHH often explores with communities looking to advance system-level actions, please visit one of our project pages. For a small sample of potential outcomes that illustrate systems-change activities across a ladder of engagement framework to transform initial interest and sporadic action into sustained engagement and increased impact, see Table 1 and Table 2 from two recent grant opportunities.

 

 

Latest page update: January 31, 2024.