Summer Youth Camp Grants

The Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development (DHS/DFD) has made two grants available to eligible summer youth camps to cover COVID-related costs and to assist families with paying for summer camp. There is ONE online application for both grants with options to apply for either grant or both grants.

Grant 1: COVID Support Grant

This grant provides funds for COVID-19 related costs and activities such as meeting health and safety protocols; buying PPE supplies, cleaning, sanitizing, air purification, ventilation, testing and touchless equipment; and making minor repairs and modifications.

Grant 2: Summer Youth Camp Financial Assistance Grant

Effective August 1, 2021, programs licensed through the Department of Children (DCF), Office of licensing (OOL) that have a Department of Health (DOH) Certificate of Approval may apply for the Summer Youth Camp Financial Assistance Grant. This grant, which providers apply for on behalf of their families, covers the cost of summer camp for those not eligible for the subsidy program (annual household incomes up to $100,000). Families should contact their camp to apply. Summer youth camps approved through the Department of Health (DOH) will continue to be eligible to apply on behalf of their families.

General Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have a 2021 Summer Youth Camp Certificate of Approval
  • Must comply with Youth Camp Safety Standards (N.J.A.C. 8:25) criminal background checks
  • Must comply with state and local health and safety requirements
  • Must comply with the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) health and safety requirements 
    • Register staff for the online Child Abuse Record Information (CARI) Form (14 and older)
    • Staff (18 years old and older) Complete the CCDBG Criminal History Record Information (CHRI Background Check by September 30, 2021
    • Staff must complete CCDBG Pre-Service Training

Grant Process

  • Register and create an account in the New Jersey Child Care Information System
  • Complete the online grant application (in the NJCCIS Quicklinks section of your facilities page)
  • Complete and sign the 2021 DFD Youth Camp Acknowledgment Form
  • Complete and sign Payment Agreement
  • Complete Banking Information for payment
  • Upload W-9 to your NJCCIS file cabinet (in the NJCCIS Quicklinks section of your facilities page)
‚ÄčFor Grant 2, the Summer Youth Camp Financial Assistance Grant - The Family Financial Assistance Form must be completed by parents/guardians and submitted to the Camp.


Grant Amounts

Camp Enrollment Grant 1:
COVID Support Grant
Grant 2:
Summer Youth Camp Financial Assistance Grant
Total Amount in Grants
Up to 25 children enrolled $2,500 $4,800 $7,300
Between 26 to 50 children enrolled $5,000 $9,600 $14,600
More than 50 children enrolled $7,500 $16,000 $23,500

Questions can be emailed to: [email protected]


Scholarships Available for Programs Participating in the Child Care Subsidy Program

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