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Camps to Benefit Staff and Campers With Disabilities

The Yashar Initiative - Accessibility Capital Grants

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Foundation for Jewish Camp and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

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Grants to USA Jewish nonprofit day and overnight camps to improve inclusion and accessibility for staff and campers with disabilities. Funding is intended for capital projects, research and evaluation, and professional development. For the purposes of this grant, disabilities include autism spectrum disorder, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and physical and sensory disabilities.

The Yashar Initiative, generously funded by The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, seeks to improve accessibility and inclusion for campers and staff with disabilities at Jewish day and overnight camps. This initiative strives to advance the field through funding capital projects, staff training, research and evaluation. Like the root of the word Yashar, this initiative will build inclusive camps with integrity. It is our aspiration that the field of Jewish camp mirrors our Jewish community, and it is our mandate to level the field, making it accessible to all.

The purpose of Yashar is to help participating camps to strategically upgrade facilities in order to expand capacity for campers and staff with disabilities. FJC invites you and your camp to apply; please make sure the project meets all the program specifications.

For the purposes of Yashar and this grant application, disabilities include autism spectrum disorder, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and physical and sensory disabilities. Examples include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger's syndrome, blindness, down syndrome, hearing impairments, seizures, and other physical disabilities. Include campers with ADHD only if they require extra staff support or accommodations to be successful at camp. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 195563

Estimated Size of Grant:

Capital grants through this initiative may range from $25,000 to $300,000. However, the initiative will fund no more than 30% of a capital project (meaning total minimum project cost must is $83.3K).

Participating camps will also receive a capacity building grant between $20,000 to $30,000, depending on the size of the camp.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Camps must be nonprofit, have ACA accreditation, operate in the United States, been in operation for at least three years, and serve a minimum of 200 campers per summer.
- Camps must be able to provide the two most recent years of 990s and audited financial statements by a third party.
- Camps must be welcoming and accommodating of all children regardless of affiliation, denomination, religious background, race or economic status.
- Camps must currently serve or commit to achieving a target inclusion rate of 5-10% within three years of the initial grant payment (i.e., at least 5% of the camper population will be campers with disabilities).

Not funded:
- Scholarships for children to attend camp. It is important to mention that a large range of scholarships are available to low-income families through various funding sources across the United States, and the Foundation would like to promote the availability of scholarship resources as one of the broader messages of inclusivity as part of this project;
- General operating support for summer camps; and
- Programming at camps, outside of a one-time grant focused on staff training, CSI/SSI and fundraising capacity to meet the capital grant challenge requirements.
- This is an apolitical initiative focused on direct services, and projects funded through the initiative may not be used as part of an advocacy or policy effort.

Do not include campers who function independently, or campers whose challenges are limited to daily/weekly medications. Do not include food allergies or special diets as disabilities.

Pre-Application Information:

Round 4a applications are due September 3rd, 11:59 PM PT.
Camps will be notified in December 2021 if they are receiving a grant

Round 4b applications are due December 23rd, 11:59 PM PT.
Camps will be notified in March 2022 if they are receiving a grant

Camps must have 25% of the project budget raised or committed by the time of application to be considered for the grant.

FJC funding will be released in two phases. 60% will be released upon completion of the signed grant agreement and 40% after submission of a Project Completion Report (which camps can submit upon completion of the majority of the project).

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you have questions, please contact Marissa Becker, Senior Program Manager, at 636-278-4512 or

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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