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Grants for Summer School, Camps

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, May 26, 2016 @ 10:05 AM

Summer is almost here. Around the country teachers and students alike are counting 15944090146_cc72295efc_q.jpgdown the days until the school bell rings on the last day of school. On the flip side, parents are wondering what they are going to do for three months with their children’s “freedom.” Schools, churches, and non-profit organizations host a wide variety of activities that can help entertain and care for children. These can range from educational classes to sports camps to programs that provide basic needs like meals. We have put together a list of just a few grants that could help fund these types of programs. Now is the perfect time to start applying for these grants to help next summer’s program.

National Grants for Student Activities in Summer

Finish Line Youth Foundation

Sports and fitness provide a great way to keep kids busy in the summer months. The Finish Line Youth Foundation has three different grant programs. Non-profit organizations hoping to create programs focused on active lifestyles and youth athletic teams should look to the programmatic grant category. These grants can be up to $5,000. Programs that serve disadvantaged and special needs kids will receive special consideration. Grants are accepted Jan. 1-March 31, April 1-June 30, July 1-Sept. 30, and Oct. 1-Dec. 31. The other two grant categories are for facility improvements and emergency funding in the case of natural disasters. 

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

This private foundation supports academic achievement with one of its specific categories being summer enrichment. The foundation awards grants of up to $25,000 per year to non-profit organizations or universities that provide summer enrichment programs for low-income students in grades 6-12. These programs must be education-based. This organization normally does not accept unsolicited applications. However, creating a relationship with the foundation is a good start; they even have an email list that will alert you to future opportunities. Join on the website.

 Local Grants for Student Activities in Summer

The grants above are national grants, available to anyone in the United States. It may be advantageous to look locally for funding as well. Local organizations, such as community foundations and community service organizations, may be willing to fund programs that help local children. Below are two examples of organizations that support local summer youth programs. Your state and community might have similar funding opportunities.

The Fund for Greater Hartford

As the name indicates, this fund fund supports organizations in the Hartford, Conn. area. A specific list of towns supported is on the website. Summer program grants are available in the spring for summertime recreation and education programs. Grants provided by this foundation are available for program, capital, and operating expenses. Most grants are single-year grants though capital grants can be multi-year. Deadlines for application are March 15, June 15, Sept. 15, and Dec. 15.

Summer Fund

This organization provides funding to non-profits that offer summer camp and program opportunities to underserved and low-income youth in the greater Boston area. The Summer Fund feels it is critical to keep underserved youth engaged and safe during the summer months. Their grants help camps offer free and reduced enrollment fees for camps throughout the city.  Applications are accepted throughout the year.


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