2021 Jewish Day Camp Match

This competitive challenge grant program is limited to non-profit Jewish Day Camps in the United States interested in fundraising for physical improvements to better serve Jewish campers for years to come.

This matching grant will give one dollar for every two dollars raised (1:2) for gifts restricted for physical improvements (defined below), up to maximum grant allocation of up to $20,000. (For example, a camp that raises $40,000 will be eligible for a grant of $20,000 for a total project cost of at least $60,000).

Applications were reviewed competitively; 29 projects will be supported by this grant.

The Harold Grinspoon Foundation is seeking to fund projects that:

  • Result in physical improvements for the primary benefit of day campers: Projects should enhance camper experience and support recruitment and retention efforts of Jewish families.
  • Primarily serve the Day Camp: The physical improvement projects may be used year-round, but applicants will need to demonstrate that the project will primarily serve the day camp community during its peak summer operating period.
  • Inspire new or greater Jewish philanthropy: Camps should demonstrate how they will use this grant to inspire new or more generous philanthropic support, inspire greater lay leader engagement in fundraising or develop a compelling case for support for the Jewish day camp.

Participating Camps

If you are interested in supporting one of these projects, please be in touch with the camp directly.
Organization Name Project Location Website
Camp Deeny Riback (JCC MetroWest) Ampitheater Flanders, NJ https://jccmetrowest.org/programs/camps/cdr
Camp Grossman (JCC Greater Boston) Rock wall Newton, MA https://www.bostonjcc.org/summer-camps/camp-grossman
Camp J (Louisville JCC) Accessible, independent, inclusive playground Louisville, KY https://jewishlouisville.org/the-j/camp/
Camp Jaycee (Lawrence Family JCC of San Diego County) Accessible playground and multi-use pavilion La Jolla, CA https://campjaycee.com/
Camp JCC (Bender JCC of Greater Washington) Three-season covered sports facility Rockville, MD https://www.benderjccgw.org/camp-jcc/
Camp JCC (Simon Family JCC) Shaded Art Pavilion and outdoor Amphitheater Virginia Beach, VA http://www.simonfamilyjcc.org/families/camp-jcc/
Camp JCC NC (Raleigh-Cary JCC) 18-hole miniature golf course Raleigh, NC https://www.raleighcaryjcc.org/camp-overview
Camp Keff (Peninsula JCC) Multi-sensory musical sound installation Foster City, CA https://campkeff.org/
Camp Shalom (JCC Los Gatos) Patio, picnic benches, raised garden beds, and fruit trees Los Gatos, CA https://campshalomjcc.org/
Camp Shoresh Mini basketball court Baltimore, MD https://shoresh.com/
Camp Yachad (JCC of Central NJ) Intentional natural outdoor learning and play space Scotch Plains, NJ https://www.jccnj.org/CampYachad
Day Camps at the J (Stamford JCC) Amphitheater Stamford, CT https://www.daycampsatthej.org/
Island Quest Day Camp (Commonpoint Queens) Indoor Makerspace Little Neck, NY https://islandquestdaycamp.org/
J&R Day Camp (JCC of Greater Pittsburgh) "Tel Aviv & Haifa Village" (indoor/outdoor space) Pittsburgh, PA https://jccpghdaycamps.com/jr-day-camp-units/
JCamps (JCC of Greater Kansas City) Rock wall and shade structure Overland Park, KA https://www.thejkc.org/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=JCamp&category=Camp&submenu=topjcamp
JCC Abrams Camps (JCC Princeton Mercer Bucks) Outdoor Adventure Course East Windsor, NJ https://www.jccabramscamps.org/
JCC Camp Ruach (Shimon & Sara Birnbaum JCC) Art Studio Bridgwater, NJ https://jcccampruach.org/
JCC Camps at Medford (Katz JCC) Outdoor stage/bandstand with sound system Cherry Hill, NJ https://jcccampsatmedford.org/
J-Day Camps OH (Mandel JCC of Cleveland) J-Day Camps mobile kitchen Beachwood, OH https://www.mandeljcc.org/summer
Kings Bay Y Day Camp Swimming Pool Log Runner, Wobble Run, Water Slide, and Slip N’ Slide Brooklyn, NY https://www.kingsbayy.org/summer-day-camp/
LJCC Day Camp (Birmingham, AL) Outdoor structure Birmingham, AL https://bhamjcc.org/youth-camp/summer-camps/
Mid-Island Day Camp (Mid-Island Y JCC) Outdoor multi-sports court Plainview, NY https://www.miyjccsummercamp.org/
MJCCA Day Camps (Marcus JCC of Atlanta) Accessible treehouse Dunwoody, GA https://www.mjccadaycamps.org/
Rainbow Day Camp (Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC) Accessible low ropes and team-building area Milwaukee, WI https://www.jccmilwaukee.org/programs/camps/day-camp/?
Ramah Day Camp Chicago Playground Chicago, IL https://www.ramahday.com/
Ramah Day Camp Greater DC Playground North Bethesda, MD https://www.ramahdcdaycamp.org/
Ramah Day Camp Pennsylvania Gazebos and open-air pavilions Philadelphia, PA https://www.ramahdaycamp.org/
Summer Camps @ the J (Springfield JCC) J PATHWAYS (Outdoor wellness station) Springfield, MA https://www.springfieldjcc.org/camps/
Z Frank Apachi Day Camp (JCC Chicago) Outdoor Theater in the Round Northbrook, IL www.apachi.org/zfa


​Helpful Fundraising Resources

Looking for helpful fundraising resources like sample appeal letters, thank you notes, and a case for support?

>> Check out these fundraising resources for Day Camps 

Guidelines and Eligibility

Find more information about the grant guidelines and eligiblity here.


Grant Announcement Thursday, February 4, 2021
Information Session February 9, 2021, 1PM EST
Grant application available Week of February 22, 2021
Grant Applications due March 19, 2021, by 5PM EST
Grant Review process March 2021
Notification of Grant Awards April 2021
Grant Agreement due No later than June 1, 2021
Grant period starts June 1, 2021
Last day to collect Gifts June 30, 2022
Last day to submit gifts to be matched July 31, 2022
Last day to submit grant report July 31, 2022