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2021 Summer Activity Scholarship Program

Summer Activity Scholarship

The City of Davenport is proud to announce the 2021 Summer Activity Scholarship Program for Davenport youth in grades K-12. The program, funded through the CARES Act to address COVID-19 related needs in Davenport, provides scholarships for Davenport residents to attend eligible summer programs that will help them regain educational, social, emotional, and developmental opportunities lost throughout the COVID pandemic. 

“Last year, our children were unable to participate in many summer programs because of COVID-19,” said Parks and Recreation Director Chad Dyson. “This year, we know that financial hardship may be a barrier for families and children to participate in summer programs. The City of Davenport is excited to be able provide youth scholarships for summer programming because we believe every child should have a chance to participate in fun, educational activities throughout the summer.”

Applicants must be a Davenport resident and may apply for scholarships to multiple programs. Funding is available for up to $200 per week for 8 weeks applicable toward eligible programming through partner agencies. Residents may apply beginning May 19 for programs that run from June 1 – August 31. 

Families can apply for a scholarship for any programming provided by a government or 501c3 partner. A current list of participating program providers can be found below. Partner agencies not listed on the website may also be eligible, please contact City of Davenport Parks & Recreation for more information.

Click here to download the application. 

Summer Youth Program Vouchers are available for Davenport Residents only.
The total household income for each child must be at or below the CDBG 80% income limit.
Child using DHS funding for camp cannot use a Summer Activity Scholarship for the same camp copay. You must receive approval from the Davenport Parks and Recreation before registering for a program. Notification of approval within 1 business day from receipt of application.
The child/household must have been impacted by COVID to be eligible.
Participant must have been in grades K-12 during the 2020-2021 school year. 
Register for programs that take place between June 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021. 
Applications can be submitted starting May 19, 2021.
Each child in the household must have their own application. 
Each child may apply for vouchers for multiple programs during the summer of 2021.
Maximum registration assistance per program per child per week is $200.
Funds available until exhausted.

Summer Programs eligible for participation in the voucher program must meet the following criteria:
Operated by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization or government entity (local, county, state).
• The program must be an ongoing, multi-day activity, such as a multi-day camp or a class that meets once a week for several weeks.
• One day and/or one-time activities are not eligible.
• The program must be primarily educational in nature and/or provide social/emotional development opportunities for kids who were impacted by COVID during the school year.
• First opportunity will be given to programs that take place in Davenport and Scott County, other opportunities in the Illinois Quad Cities will be considered. Programs outside of the Quad Cities Metro area will not be eligible for funding.
• Programs may fill up faster than a voucher can be approved, approval for a voucher does not guarantee that space will be available in any particular summer program. 

Current agencies with approved summer programming:  
Putnam Museum
Hand in Hand
The Friendly House
Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts
Boys and Girls Blubs of the Mississippi Valley
New Kingdon Trailriders
River Music Experience
Family Museum -Bettendorf
St. Ambrose
Western Illinois University
YMCA/Camp Abe Lincoln
City of Davenport Parks and Recreation 
Junior Theatre
Figge Art Gallery
Nahant Marsh
Eastern Iowa Community College  
Blackhawk College If the summer program you are interested in is not listed, it still may be eligible.