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Financial Assistance Program

Participants must fill out a Park District Scholarship Application and be able to prove residency, income and proof of dependents.  Applicant must also submit one of the following: SNAP approval letter, Free School Lunch program approval letter (if registering a dependent) or documentation of household gross income within the limits on the Federal income Eligibility Guidelines.  Proof of dependent must also be submitted if this hasn’t been done already.  This can be done by applicant’s 1040 tax form from prior year, SNAP approval letter with dependents listed or the AllKids healthcare programs card listing dependents. Once all paperwork has been received the applicant will be considered for a scholarship.

The amount of scholarship will be determined based on the income level.  There are three levels of scholarship available.  All levels are determined by the guidelines of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. No scholarship will be 100%.  Level One will provide a 75% scholarship, level two provides a 50% scholarship and level three provides a 25% scholarship.  Contractual programs are all awarded at a 15% scholarship.

There will be a maximum family scholarship per year and is determined on the same guidelines. Level one is $600, level two is $500 and level three is $300.

All programs must meet their minimum participation before a scholarship will be awarded for that program. Each supervisor/manager will set a limit as to how many scholarship participants can be accepted in each program offered.

Scholarships are available for most programs and classes.  Not included are drop in programs, trips, ice hockey league, greens fees and Wiley’s restaurant.

Scholarship applications will be available at no charge to residents.  Non-residents are not eligible for the scholarship program.

The May 2019-April 2020 scholarships are closed. We will reopen the scholarship fund on May 1, 2020 for the scholarship year running May 1, 2020-April 30, 2021.

This organization, www.campoutforkids.org gives money for kids to go to camp. Anyone can apply.

Confidential applications can be made to the Shannon Olison (solison@hfparks.com) Recreation Supervisor, 708-957-0300.

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