Visit the Alternatives 2009 website at: www.alternatives2009.org
Adam's Mark Hotel / Buffalo, New York
October 29 - November 2, 2008
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Information on Alternatives 2009 can be found at the website:
Funding Information for 2009
The Federal Scholarship Deadline is June 5, 2009. Don’t count on getting a scholarship.
If you are going to need financial assistance to attend, the time to start looking is NOW! Below you will find some ideas and resources for you to use in your search for funding. We hope you find these useful.
Some people who receive case management services are finding success in requesting that their trip to Alternatives be funded through their service dollars. Speak to your case manager about using it for your empowerment and recovery activities.
How much does it cost?
How to estimate the cost of attending Alternatives, including registration, lodging, transportation, and meals:
We encourage you to seek funding now at the local and state level
See below for a sample letter that you may complete and use in seeking funding. The letter could be changed as appropriate to be from you or your group. We encourage you to contact a potential funding source directly with your own letter.
Some ideas of possible sources of funding include:
When asking for funding:
Make your initial approach by either making a phone call or writing a letter. (sample letter follows)
Start immediately. Alternatives 2009 will be October 29 - November 1, 2009. The early bird registration deadline will probably be in August 2009. Some companies or organizations may have money left at end of their fiscal year that they need to spend during the summer; this could be a good time to seek support. Let the potential funding sources know that you need their decision as soon as possible so that you can make your arrangements. The longer you wait to make hotel and flight reservations, the more expensive they may become. You also run the risk of not being able to make reservations at all if you wait too long.
Be persistent. Don’t give up. You may need to ask several places before you obtain funding, and/or get funding from several sources. If you can raise part of the money yourself, a funding source may be willing to help with part of the expense to attend this worthwhile conference.
Make this a “funding campaign for Alternatives 2009”. Often when students or teams want to go somewhere, they have to raise money. They tell all their friends, have fund raising events and get people to rally around their plan to attend the event they are excited about. Try writing a letter that briefly states why you want to go to Alternatives and ask your friends, co-workers etc. to contribute to your trip.
GOOD LUCK! See you at Alternatives 2009!
Local Mental Health Program or other possible funding source
I am a mental health consumer and attend the local mental health program. I have been involved in ….
(We recommend including information on your mental health involvement and reasons they might sponsor you.)
The Alternatives Conference is a national conference organized by and for mental health consumers & survivors to share ideas and experiences to transform our lives and the mental health system. Information is enclosed on the Alternatives conference.
I am requesting financial support to attend the Alternatives Conference in Omaha, Nebraska from October ___ - ___, 2009. The cost of registration is: _________; Travel to the conference: __________; hotel cost __________. I am able to pay for ________.
(Please add information that you think is important.)
I would appreciate any assistance that you can provide for my attendance to the Alternatives Conference.
Some other ways to make attending the conference more affordable:
Find out if Alternatives 2009 has a forum where people can arrange to share a ride or a hotel room with someone during the conference. Contact the Clearinghouse (above) for more information.
There are usually opportunities to volunteer at the conference to
get a reduced registration rate. Contact the Clearinghouse (above) for more
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