The Chicago Park District has limited funds available to provide financial assistance for families who wish to enroll in the summer day camp program.
Financial assistance is only available to City of Chicago residents.
Applicants must provide a copy of the Chicago Public Schools Fee Waiver documentation (which references the free or reduced lunch program) received from their school. This form must include the child’s name, the school which they are currently attending, and have the “Free breakfast/lunch” box checked. Only applicants with this box selected will qualify for camp assistance. The form will be kept by the park for verification purposes. Applicants who do not receive this form can prove eligibility by providing income verification (e.g., recent pay stubs for last 30 days, AFDC/TANF case #, a copy of last year's IRS 1040 form). Information submitted is confidential.
If approved, financial assistance will cover half of the camp cost. Patrons are responsible for paying the other half.
Important: Applicants must bring copies of the required documents to their desired park at the time of in-person registration.
Eligibility for financial assistance does not guarantee a slot for day camp and cannot be used in conjunction with any other reduced/voucher programs.
Applicants that do not qualify for financial assistance may inquire about the payment plan option at their local park.
For more information, email us or call us at 312.742.PLAY (7529) or 312.747.2001 (TTY).