MILTON — With the help of a significant federal grant, the Milton community is in for a summer like no other.
Out of nearly 200 applicants statewide, the Milton Recreation department was selected on June 8 to receive $58,750 in funding from the Summer Matters for All grant program.
“The grant will be put towards making sure summer camp is affordable and accessible, and just a really great experience for the Milton community,” Recreation Director Jennifer Tucker said at the June 21 Selectboard meeting.
This summer, Milton Recreation is offering ten weeks of day camp, which started the week of June 14 and ends the week of Aug. 16. Early Care and Late Care give families more flexibility. Because of the grant, full day camp is now $77 per week, instead of $145.
In addition to day camp, 11 specialty camps, like Arrowhead Junior Golf Camp and LEGO Engineering Camp. Spots are still available from some.
The Summer Matters for All funding will help Milton Recreation to provide some transportation to and from camp, as well as enrichment programming that will be free and open to the entire community.
“We are extremely excited to have received this grant, and we look forward to all the ways this will help the Milton community as we begin to emerge from the pandemic,” Tucker stated in a press release.
The purpose of the grant program is to help Vermont kids recover from the pandemic and the isolation it caused by increasing access to summer enrichment opportunities for K-12 youth statewide.
The grants are funded by federal dollars which were secured by Sen. Bernie Sanders and administered by Vermont Afterschool. The state received 188 proposals valuing almost $7.5 million in requests, which far exceeded available funds.
Families who are registered for a Milton camp that has had its cost reduced as a result of the gant will have the opportunity to receive a refund, put the overpayment towards another program or donate it to Milton Recreation.
Families that applied for or received a scholarship award for a camp will have their current balance or scholarship award adjusted properly, according to the press release.