2021 Jewish Day Camp Match


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You can download this list of the application questions to help you prepare your application responses. Use the button above to submit your application online when you are ready .

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 will be reviewed competitively, and we expect to support up to 25 grants.

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.

Grant Applications will be due on Friday, March 19, 2021 and accepted only via the online portal. Notification of grant awards will happen in April, 2021. See the timetable below.

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  • Non-profit Jewish day camps. A Jewish day camp must include Jewish ideals and values in their mission statement and articulate their Jewish practices at camp, whether it is observance of Shabbat, Israel programming, Jewish education, Hebrew at camp, living their Jewish values or other such practices. We welcome camps to define what it means for them to be Jewish and we work with camps across the religious spectrum.
  • A Jewish day camp in the US must be a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended (the "Code") and be classified under sections 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) of the Code.
  • Eligible Day camps must operate a minimum of 5 days/week for 4-weeks during the summer.
  • Eligible camps must have a minimum of 50 campers participating in each camp session.
  • Eligible camps must demonstrate operations for at least 3 years (if unable to open in 2020 due to Covid-19, please note that on the application).
  • JCamp 180 will consider applications from a broad base of Jewish movements and independent camps.
  • All nonprofit Jewish day camps will be eligible to apply so long as they meet the above criteria regardless if they are affiliated with an overnight camp.

Grant Usage and Match Amount

Grant funds and donor gifts to this match are restricted and may only be used toward physical improvements. If you have questions on whether your proposed project qualifies, you are welcome to ask JCamp 180 before you apply.

Examples of physical improvements the Day Camp Grant would support:

Qualified Projects Projects that Do Not Qualify
  • Splash pads
  • Climbing walls
  • New demonstration kitchen for cooking classes
  • Amphitheater
  • Shade pavilions for outdoor programming
  • New dining facilities
  • Waterfront improvements for pools or lakes
  • New wood working or art studio
  • Playgrounds
  • Hand washing stations (permanent)
  • New ballfields
  • Stand-alone moveable equipment (boats, farming equipment, bicycles, exercise equipment, sports equipment, picnic tables, playgrounds)
  • Security enhancements
  • Portable storage units
  • Parking lot pavement
  • Camp supplies for the summer (art and other programming supplies)
  • Portable electronic equipment (video, drones, computer equipment)
  • Office equipment
  • Indoor furniture
  • Bundled purchases of multiple non-capital items
  • Landscaping and outdoor lighting
  • Physical improvements must primarily benefit campers at the day camp.
  • HGF will grant $1 to the camp for every $2 of qualified funds raised and received by the camp during the matching grant period (1:2 match).

Gifts eligible to be matched

  • To be eligible for matching by HGF, gifts must be cash or cash equivalent. Stocks, bonds, and other cash equivalents will be matched.
  • Gifts of any amount will be matched.

Gifts not eligible to be matched

  • In-kind contributions, discounts on services or goods, art, real estate, or other non-cash instruments will not be matched by HGF.
  • Regular allocation from Jewish federations or similar agencies are not eligible to be matched. However, increases or special gifts made by federations or similar agencies for the restricted purposes of this grant are eligible.

Program Requirements and Payments

  • Camps must complete an application through the Harold Grinspoon Foundation online grant management system located here: https://www.GrantRequest.com/SID_1644?SA=SNA&FID=35732
  • Camps must sign and submit a Grant Agreement Letter before any funds will be distributed. The letter will be generated in the online application process.
  • Disbursements may be made by wire transfer or by check.
  • Upon the grant’s conclusion, camps must submit a brief report including the number of donors, total amount raised, and how funds were used. Reports are due on or before July 31, 2022.
  • All decisions for matching funds are at the sole discretion of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Terms and conditions are subject to change and/or termination at any time


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

To apply: Please click here to access the on-line grants portal to apply.

Questions? Please contact [email protected].

Grant Details Webinar


On Tuesday, February 9, JCamp 180 staff discussed the detailed guidelines and application process for the new 2021 Jewish Day Camp Match. You can watch the recording and download the slides here:

>> Slides from February 9, 2021 Jewish Day Camp Match Info Session Webinar