feeassistancepic1The Skokie Park District is committed to providing recreation services to all residents of Skokie who wish to participate in programs. If families or individuals are in financial difficulty, a fee assistance program has been established for Skokie Park District residents. A resident who cannot, or whose family cannot, reasonably afford a program fee because of financial difficulties can apply for fee assistance.

Important Information

  • Only residents of the Skokie Park District, taxing district (60076, 60077, and 60203) are eligible to apply. Current proof of residency is required and must be provided at time of registration.
  • Please register your child(ren) before you apply to guarantee your child(ren) a spot in the camp or program.
    • To secure a spot in a class/program for your child(ren) a 50% payment will be due.
    • To secure a spot for your child(ren) in a camp a $50 deposit for each section will be due.
    • Fee Assistance is provided on a sliding scale and will not be greater than 50%.
    • Fee Assistance Applications are available to residents here and at all Skokie Park District facilities.
  • All fee assistance documents should be submitted to the Fee Assistance Coordinator, Lisa Hanley, via email at lhanley@skokieparks.org or at 9300 Weber Park Place, Skokie, IL 60077-4200.
  • If you receive IDHS (Illinois Action for Children) you DO NOT qualify for Skokie Park District’s fee assistance program. 
  • Any resident regardless of age, race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, civil union, marital status or disability can apply for fee assistance.
  • Request for fee assistance must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the beginning of a program or camp.
  • All information is confidential and will be used only to determine eligibility for fee assistance.
  • Requests for retroactive Fee Assistance will not be honored.
  • Allow at least two weeks (or longer during peak times) for review of application and determination.
  • A determination letter will be sent to you by mail or email.
  • Periodically, the Skokie Park District may adopt revised standards based upon criteria as approved by the Board of Park Commissioners.
  • Click here for Statement of Purpose for Collection of Social Security Numbers by the Skokie Park District.

How to Apply?

  • Fully complete and submit the following items:

Eligibility Guidelines

The following fee assistance eligibility guidelines are based on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services federal poverty levels and will be updated annually when the data is released (January 2023).





Family of 4 & fewer  

 Under $27,750 



Family of 5

 Under $32,470 



Family of 6

 Under $37,190 



Family of 7

 Under $41,910 



Family of 8

 Under $46,630




Questions and More Information

Skokie Park District Fee Assistance Coordinator: Lisa Hanley

Other Potential Financial Assistance Programs & Resources

Niles Township Government
Struggling to pay for your child's daycare, preschool, or camp? Niles Township has expanded the income requirements to qualify for financial assistance, so that more families can access high quality care. Please complete an application today to see if you qualify for help.

The Angelo Militello DCFS Emergency Fund
LAN 41 received a DCFS grant in 2020 to distribute emergency wraparound funds to support Niles Township’s children and families who are unable to access resources from other agencies. ‚ÄčThese immediate needs may include funds for child care, afterschool programs, summer camps, back-to-school supplies or clothing, and emergency payment of bills.

All Skokie Park District programs are eligible for fee assistance unless specified below:

Programs and Services eligible for a maximum of 25% reduction:

  • Devonshire Preschool
  • Scoutin’ Around Homeschool Program
  • Contractual programs and camps
    Examples include (but not limited to):
    • Lego Camps
    • Shotokan Karate
    • Hot Shots Sports classes and camps

Programs and Services NOT eligible for fee assistance:

  • Tot Learning Center
  • Fitness First services (massage, personal training, etc.)
  • Sports Park (driving range, batting cages and miniature golf)
  • Exploritorium (admissions and birthday party rentals)
  • Trips
  • Special Events
  • Growing Sprouts (early childhood nature education program)
  • Rentals (birthday parties, room rentals, etc.)
  • Ticket sales
  • Outdoor Challenge Camp
  • Urban Adventure Camp
  • Skatium
    • Admissions
    • Skate rentals