State announces youth summer camp grants

Governor Phil Murphy and Social Services Commissioner Sarah Adelman announced on May 9 that $10 million in grants are being made available for summer camps for young people.

Officials say the funding will be used to help cover operating expenses and provide financial assistance to eligible families.

“This funding represents my administration’s continued commitment to supporting New Jersey families by strengthening the services they rely on,” Murphy said. “Youth summer camps are an essential childcare option for working parents by providing a safe and nurturing environment for children while school is out of session. Supporting these providers and making these services more affordable will benefit many families in the months to come. »

“Summer camp is not just a tradition but a necessity for many working families,” said Social Services Commissioner Sarah Adelman. – UNSPLASH

Summer camp grants range from $7,500 to $25,000, depending on enrollment and length of camp operating season. Eligible providers must be licensed by the Department for Children and Families and approved by the Department of Health to operate a summer camp for the 2022 summer camp season.

“Summer camp is not just a tradition but a necessity for many working families,” Adelman said. “We are pleased to make these grants available again for the second summer season to help these providers with operating expenses and to help more families afford this care during the summer months.”

According to the terms of the program, half of the grant must be used to provide financial assistance to families not eligible for child care assistance, while the other half must be used to pay for operating expenses.

“We know the pandemic has created financial challenges for child care providers that they continue to recover from. We are pleased that these providers can benefit from these funds and that the new grants announced today will continue this trajectory of helping parents and providers as we approach the summer camp season,” said Sub. – Commissioner Elisa Neira.

By supporting these providers, we are supporting the parents who rely on their services,” said Assistant Commissioner for Social Services Natasha Johnson. “We encourage summer camp programs to apply for these grants, and also urge residents interested in learning more about the state’s child care assistance program to visit”

Suppliers can apply at

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