Grant-In-Aid Scholarships

January 26, 2022

We do not want a program fee to be a deterrent to highland Park or Highwood families from participating in our programs. If you are a Highland Park or Highwood resident experiencing financial hardship, please email or call 847.579.3101 to speak with our staff about available scholarship opportunities.

Our SMILE Grant-In-Aid Program is available to qualifying Highland Park families needing financial assistance. A SMILE application form requesting detailed financial information is available at Park District facilities or online.

Our FYI (Foundation Youth Initiative) Grant-in-Aid Program is available to qualifying Highwood families and can help cover up to 50% of camp program fees. For more information and to apply for an FYI camp scholarship, please call 847.579.3101 or email

All scholarships are awarded based on the need and availability of funds. Upon submission of a grant request, families will be notified within 15 working days of their status.  All scholarships and inquiries regarding financial aid are completely confidential.