Applications

Our voucher funding programs provide financial assistance to persons with documented intellectual and developmental disabilities living in St. Louis City, St.Louis County, and St. Charles County who enroll in recreation programs. Our fiscal year runs from October 1-September 30. Click here to watch a presentation explaining our voucher programs.

ONLY returning applicants and their legal guardians may use the Online Application. In order to complete the application submission, you MUST have an active email address to legally verify your signature after submitting the funding request. Funding is not guaranteed until you are contacted by the Recreation Council with an official approval. In St. Louis County house managers, direct service providers and residential administrators cannot submit applications through this process.

Click below on the region where you live get started.

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St. Louis City

The following voucher programs are administered by the Recreation Council, with funding from the St. Louis Office for Developmental Disability Resources and are available for St. Louis City residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Complete a Funding Application:
St. Louis City PDF Fillable Voucher Application
Client Rights and Responsibilities: Click Here for Document

Extended Day Voucher Program: The Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis’ Extended-Day Voucher Program for the 2022-2023 school year is intended to assist working families.  Click Here for Your Extended Day Packet

St. Louis City Overnight Camp Voucher Program: This program allows children and adults with developmental disabilities to apply for a voucher for one week of any overnight camp which best meets their interests and support needs. Funding does not apply to day programs or day camp. As an alternative to a full camp week, individuals may apply for two mini-camps of 3-4 days. Please be sure to include accurate dates on your application. Click Here for Your Overnight Camp Packet

St. Louis City Experiential/Adventure Voucher Program: This voucher program serves adults ages 18 and older with developmental disabilities to access funding to attend one adventure program such as an out of town trip or multi-day high adventure activity. Selected activity must be operated by a recreation provider, special needs agency, or other adventure provider. Click Here for Your Adventure Packet

St. Louis City CARE Voucher Program: This voucher program assists individuals of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities to participate in inclusive and specialized community-based recreation programs. This funding may be used for recreation programs and activities, including day camps and school break camps, among many others. Click Here for Your CARE Packet

St. Louis City Personal Care Recreation Supports Voucher Program: This voucher program assists individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities who are in need of one-on-one personal assistance (physical or behavioral) to participate in community recreation programs. Families find, screen, and hire the support person to work with the individual and may request partial reimbursement for hours paid to the support person. Click Here for Your Personal Care/Recreation Supports Packet

For SLRC Service Coordinators/DD Resources Service Advocates only:

Please note: The Eligibility Verification Form, and Camp Transportation Application are to be filled out by the individual’s Service Coordinator/Service Advocate only.

St. Louis City Eligibility Verification Form: Click Here for Consumer Eligibility Form

Individuals participating in all voucher programs must complete this form if they have never received voucher funding from the Recreation Council. Your DD Resources Service Advocate, Regional Center Service Coordinator or a physician must complete this form. Family members and/or Direct Support/Care Providers may not complete this form. Individuals must reside in St. Louis City, have an intellectual or developmental disability, complete all necessary paperwork and meet all program criteria and requirements established by the St. Louis Office of Developmental Disability Resources and the Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis.

St. Louis City Camp Transportation Information Flyer: Click Here for Camp Transportation Flyer

St. Louis City Camp Transportation Packet: Click Here for your Overnight Camp Transportation Packet
This Transportation Voucher Program assists campers with the cost of transportation to summer overnight camps. This voucher applies only to the camps that provide transportation. Contact the Recreation Council for information on the summer overnight camps that provide transportation.

Please read the guidelines for each program before applying. The original application must be mailed to:

The Recreation Council
11457 Olde Cabin Road, Suite 235
Saint Louis, MO 63141

St. Louis County

The following voucher programs are administered by the Recreation Council, with Productive Living Board funding, and are available for St. Louis County residents with developmental disabilities.  

If you know what program you need funded, complete this application:  St. Louis County PDF Fillable Voucher Application

For information packets on our individual programs, see  descriptions below.

Client Rights and Responsibilities: Click Here for Document

St. Louis County Experiential/Adventure Voucher Program: This voucher program serves adults ages 18 and older with developmental disabilities to access funding to attend one adventure program such as an out of town trip or multi-day high adventure activity. Selected activity must be operated by a recreation provider, special needs agency, or other such adventure provider. Click here to download this packet:  Adventure FY24 Application Packet

St. Louis County Recreation Supports & CARE Funds Voucher Program:

This voucher program assists individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages in two different ways: for individuals who are in need of support (assistance to address personal care or behavior support issues) in order to participate in recreation programs and/or access to funds for the cost of the actual recreation program. This voucher program assists individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities with the cost of attending inclusive and/or specialized community-based recreation programs such as day camps, horseback riding, cooking, hobby and interest classes, music lessons, fitness programs, martial arts, sports, gymnastics, day trips, and more. Program cannot be therapeutic or school-based. Click here to download this packet: CARE FY24 Application Packet.

St. Louis County Extended Day Voucher Program for students ages 13-21: This voucher program enables working families to obtain for their son or daughter, age 13-21, before-school or after-school services that will meet their unique family before/after-school care needs. Families can choose between, or a combination of, in-home, out-of-home and/or an organized after-school program services. Parents or guardians must work outside the home during the hours being requested. The funding assists the family to address a portion of the costs of their after-school services. Extended day funding is part of our learn and leisure program during pandemic and virtual learning environment. Click here for After School/Extended Day Packet. After School FY24 Application Packet

St. Louis County Overnight-Camp Voucher Program: This program allows children and adults with developmental disabilities to apply for a voucher to purchase up to one week or two mini-camps of any overnight camp, which best meet their interests and support needs. Funding does not apply to day programs or day camp. As an alternative, individuals can apply for two mini-camps. Please be sure to include accurate dates on your application. Click here for Overnight Camp packet: Overnight Camp FY24 Application Packet~ You may apply for Overnight Camp Funding for Summer 2024 after you have identified a camp to attend and dates and fees are available. We will not accept applications without this information.

St. Louis County Summer Voucher Program: Summer Voucher Application FY’24 Packet St Louis County

For St. Louis County residents ages 3-20. Applications may be emailed to: info@recreationcouncil.org, or may be mailed to: Recreation Council, 11457 Olde Cabin Rd., Suite 235, St. Louis, MO 63141

St. Louis County Eligibility Verification form

Individuals participating in voucher programs must begin by verifying their eligibility to funding based on their disabilities. Individuals complete have this form completed by a physician or their Regional Center Case Manager if they have never received voucher funding from the Recreation Council. Family members and/or Direct Support/Care Providers may not complete this form. Individuals must reside in St. Louis County, have a developmental disability, complete all necessary paperwork and meet all program criteria and requirements established by the Productive Living Board for St. Louis County Citizens with Developmental Disabilities and the Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis.

Please read the guidelines for each program before applying. Original Universal Voucher Application must be emailed to St. Louis County Coordinator or mailed to:

The Recreation Council
11457 Olde Cabin Road, Suite 235
Saint Louis, MO 63141

St. Charles County

Fiscal Year 2024 Funding is available for programs occurring between October 1, 2023-September 30, 2024. Funding is allocated on the program you select. St. Charles County residents may complete either of the applications found below and MUST have a DMH case number to apply.

Funding Guidelines: Guidelines Sheet

Print the Application form: Voucher Application St Charles County
OR Apply Online – Begin Step 1 by completing the Online Application. Online applications require a 2-step process to verify signature. You MUST complete Step 2 for your funding request to be considered. Directions for Step 2 are given after you complete Step 1. 

Financial Hardship Exception Request: Regional Office or DDRB case manager completes the Exception Request Form to request reduction of required co-pay based on financial hardship. 

Client Rights and Responsibilities: Click Here

The Recreation Council’s voucher program is generously funded by the DDRB (Developmental Disabilities Resource Board) of St. Charles County. The voucher provides financial assistance to persons with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD). Funded programs include summer day camps, overnight camps, adult adventures, recreational classes, sports, fitness, dance, arts, and other recreation or leisure programs. Vouchers are available for St. Charles County residents with developmental disabilities who have Department of Mental Health (DMH) eligibility. These include people with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, and head injuries that occurred before age 22. Send your completed application to our St. Charles County office by email, postal mail, fax, or drop it off in person.

CARE (Community Access Recreation Experience): This voucher program assists youth and adults with I/DD with the cost of attending inclusive and/or specialized community-based recreation programs such as day camps, horseback riding, cooking, hobby and interest classes, music lessons, fitness programs, martial arts, sports, gymnastics, day trips, and more. Program cannot be therapeutic or school-based.

OVERNIGHT CAMP: This voucher program assists youth and adults with I/DD to access funding to attend one week (5-6 consecutive days) at an overnight camp that best meets their interests and support needs OR up to two mini-camps which usually operate for 3-4 consecutive days.

ADULT ADVENTURE: This voucher program assists adults ages 18 and older with I/DD to access funding to attend adventure programs such as an out of town trip or multi-day high adventure activity. Adventure Flyer

PERSONAL CARE: This voucher program assists youth and adults with I/DD who are in need of one-on-one personal assistance (physical or behavioral) to participate in community recreation programs. Families find, screen, and hire the support person to work with the individual and may request partial reimbursement for hours paid to the support person. Personal Care Funding Guidelines

St Charles County does NOT provide voucher funding for EXTENDED DAY or AFTER SCHOOL services. This service is only funded in St. Louis City and County.

Applications may be hand-carried, mailed, faxed, or emailed to:
The Recreation Council
60 Gailwood Drive, Suite C
St. Peters, MO 63376
stchascounty@recreationcouncil.org
Fax: 314-726-3454

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Reach out to your program coordinator for any questions you have regarding vouchers or requirements for funding.

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