Guidelines and Eligibility

The 2022 JCamp 180 DAY matching grant will give one dollar for every two dollars raised (1:2) for gifts restricted for physical improvements (defined below), up to a 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).


  • Nonprofit Jewish day camps in the US and Canada.  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 must be located in the United States and 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. Day camps located in Canada must have a U.S. 501(c)(3) tax status to receive HGF's grant funds. Camps without a U.S. 501(c)(3) tax status will need to work with a fiscal sponsor that has a U.S. 501(c)(3) tax status to participate in the the JCamp 180 DAY grant program.
  • 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 Covid-19 disrupted operations, please note that on the application).
  • JCamp 180 will consider applications from a broad base of Jewish movements and independent camps.
  • Prior grantees to the 2021 Jewish Day camp match are eligible to apply if they have completed the match and all reporting requirements.  These grantees may apply for continued funds for the same project or for a new project if the prior project was completed.  
  • 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 or officially affiliated with JCamp 180.

Grant Usage and Match Amount

  • Grant funds and donor gifts to this match are restricted and may only be used toward physical improvements.  Winning projects contribute to the three goals outlined above and enhance the Jewish mission of the camp.  Successful applications will articulate how the project contributes to the mission of the camp and enhances the programming at the camp.
  • 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
  • Treehouses
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • The Harold Grinspoon Foundation will aim to disperse funds within 10 business days after submission/approval of proof of donor payments submitted in the online system. Total gifts submitted must qualify for a minimum of $5,000 HGF matching funds disbursement.
  • 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, 2023.
  • 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

Informational Webinar

An informational webinar about the 2022 JCamp 180 DAY Matching Grant was held on Thursday, March 24 at 2 PM Eastern



Grant Announcement March 2022
Information Session Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 2PM EST
Grant application due Monday, April 11, 2022, by 5 PM EST
Grant Review process April - May 2022
Notification of Grant Awards May 2022
Grant Agreement due No later than June 30, 2022
Grant period starts July 1, 2022 - only gifts received after this date will be eligible to be matched for this grant
Last day to collect gifts June 30, 2023
Last day to submit gifts to be matched July 15, 2023
Last day to submit grant report July 31, 2023

To apply: Please click here.

Questions? Please contact