One of the reasons I find working with the other organizers of Northern Voice so satisfying is that everyone wants to keep the conference reasonably accessible. We try to keep the registration fees as low as possible, and this year we are bringing back the travel bursaries, six of them valued at $500 CDN each.
How to apply? All you gotta do is write a blog post. More detail here.
I wouldn’t recommend baiting Canadians as a strategy to get the money, but it worked for this guy.