American Camp Association, Illinois
Joining the DFI Title XX Camping Services Program
For over 50 years, the DFI Title XX Camping Services Program has provided funding for clients of the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to attend summer camps. Summer camps that participate in this program commit to working towards the four established outcomes of this program to help the clients
The American Camp Association, Illinois (ACA Illinois), under contract with the State of Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), administers the DFI Title XX Camping Services Program. In IDHS this program is referred to as the Donated Funds Initiative (DFI) because of the matching funds involved in the program. ACA Illinois purchases the camping services for eligible campers from day and resident camps that wish to participate. The relationship between ACA Illinois and any individual camp/organization is for purchase of service and payment for these services. It is not a grant.
All of the following requirements must be met in order for the Client (camper) to qualify for this funding:
*Camps that primarily serve adults with special needs may have a different age requirement outlined in their agreement.
Our program is rooted in helping young people develop the skills needed to go into the workforce and become contributing members of their community when they become adults. Knowing the value of interpersonal skills in the workplace and when a person is active in their community, IDHS and ACA Illinois identified camps as a powerful experience to help young people strengthen and focus on these skills during the summer months.
The DFI Title XX Program through ACA Illinois has created an outcome survey to direct camps and the program to achieve the following outcomes for campers who are IDHS clients and receive funding through DFI Title XX. All camps must meet these outcomes and produce outcome results (on required documents provided).
The four outcomes are:
Camp must provide 35% cash match for the allocated funds. Camps must submit their match funds prior to billing the state for reimbursement. Once the required billing paperwork is turned in and processed and ACA Illinois has received the cash match (only accepted in the form of a check) the state will be billed for the remaining portion of the allocation. Due to the challenges faced by the state with pandemic, payments are delayed up to 12 weeks. This and more about how the financials work is covered in the Financial & Allocation Process Training.
Allocations are based a variety of factors including but not limited to:
Allocations are issued each year and may increase or decrease each summer. The state and ACA Illinois has the ability to decrease or revoke the allocations at anytime.
If you hope to join our program this summer (2021) you must attend an Overview Training and complete your application by February 5th.
Next steps to join the DFI Title XX Camping Services Program: