Caregiver Support

As part of VSS’s ongoing commitment to inclusivity, we are pleased to announce the launch of a new initiative for VSS 2024 to help offset costs of childcare at the annual meeting . These funds will make it easier for members with children to attend a wider range of meeting events.

Value: Up to $500 per family. In the event that the number of requests exceeds the funding available, preference will be given to applicants in the early stages of their careers.

Number: Up to 20 awards.

Use of Funds

Recipients can use funds to support childcare in the form that best serves the family. Note that due to logistical constraints, VSS will not be offering an in-house childcare program. Recipients will be responsible for organizing their own childcare solutions. VSS is set to launch a Discord server dedicated to VSS participants within the next few weeks. This forum will provide an avenue for attendees to engage with one another, fostering connections and facilitating the coordination and sharing of services like childcare.

Eligible expenses for the budget can include:

  • Third party dependent care services for the duration of the conference.
  • Travel costs for the designated caregiver.
  • Per diem of up to $50/day for the designated caregiver.

Recommended Childcare Services

The TradeWinds recommends both and for parents looking to hire babysitters or nannies during the VSS meeting.

How to Apply

The deadline for applications is March 22, 2024. Awardees will be notified by email by April 1, 2024. 

Receipt of Funds

Recipients should come to the registration desk accompanied by the child(ren) to receive the subsidy on the final day of the conference (or last day of attendance).


Applications Open: March 1, 2024
Applications Close: March 22, 2024
Announcement of Awards: April 1, 2024