Chai Match 5


Participation in Chai Match 5 is limited. Camps invited to participate in the Chai Match 5 challenge grant are selected from eligible camps that were asked to submit an application.

Chai Match 5 provides the momentum for experienced JCamp 180 affiliated camps to continue to cultivate and motivate existing and new donors. Gifts in both phases of this two-phase challenge grant may come from individuals, families (spouse, parents, siblings and children), family foundations or corporations. Grants from a Jewish Federation or from the Foundation for Jewish Camp are excluded. At least 50% of funds raised must go toward capital improvements or facility enhancements; the remainder is unrestricted and may be used for capital improvements, scholarships, endowments, or annual operating needs. During the application process, camps must choose the Chai level at which they wish to participate: single, double, or triple Chai.

Review the Chai Match 5 Brochure for more details about the structure of this matching grant program.


To be eligible for participation in Chai Match 5, camps must be current affiliates of JCamp 180, and must have completed a Create Your Match program. Eligible camps will be notified by JCamp 180 administration and be invited to apply for this program.

Key Guidelines

In Phase 1 each camp raises minimum gifts of $9,000 from individual donors. These gifts are matched 1:1 by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation to create a pool of matching funds of up to $108,000. The pledge portion of phase 1 runs from June 18, 2018 - December 18, 2018.  Phase 1 pledges must be paid in full by June 18, 2019.

In Phase 2 the pool of matching funds of up to $108,000 is used to match 1:3 all eligible gifts of $1,800 or more. Gifts in both phases may come from new or previous donors and from individuals, families (spouse, parents, grandparents, siblings, and children), foundations, or corporations. Gifts from a Jewish Federation or the Foundation for Jewish Camp are excluded. 

The pledge portion of phase 2 runs from June 18, 2018 - June 18, 2019).  To be eligible for matching funds, phase two pledges must be paid in full by June 18, 2021.


To be considered for inclusion in this matching grant program a completed application must be submitted no later than June 1, 2018. All applications will be acknowledged within one week of submission. Camps are responsible for assuring that their application has been received. Camps chosen for participation will be notified by June 15, 2018.

>> Click Here to Fill Out a Chai Match 5 Application (Note: You can view detailed instructions to help with the online application here.)

Camps accepted to participate in the Chai Match 5 program will be required to register in the Grinspoon Foundation on-line grants administration system.  Instructions for completing that registration will be forwarded to participating camps on or after June 15, 2018.

Informational Webinar

On June 19, 2018, JCamp 180 Director Mark Gold and Grants Administrator Kathleen Rodowicz described the Chai Match 5 program and reporting system.  A recording of that live webinar can be viewed here (Audio begins 0:50 into the recording).

You can also download the Chai Match 5 Session presentation slides by clicking on the link.


The Chai Match 5 program is administered by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation grants administration team using an on-line system.  All matching grant requests must be submitted through that online grant management system, which requires that participants register for this grant within the system.  A unique link for this matching grant program will be available here when the program launches. Directions for use of this system will be communicated to all participating camps.

The grant management system acknowledges all submissions by e-mail. It is the responsibility of the submitter to assure that documentation has been received by JCamp 180.  Pledge and gift payment information must be provided to JCamp 180 within 30 days of the end of the pledge / payment period. 

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