2018 Financial Aid Opportunities

Dear Camp Judaea Families,

We have put together a list of potential grant and financial aid opportunities available to our families for Summer 2018. We hope it will assist you in the process of finding financial aid. We suggest contacting your local Federations, synagogues, and Jewish Children and Family Services organizations to explore their scholarship opportunities. This list will be updated as we learn more about applications opening, deadlines, and contact information.  Thank you for your patience.

CAMP JUDAEA CAMPERS:  The Camp Judaea Scholarship Application is now open. APPLY TODAYIf you have questions or need assistance with your application, please call FACTS at 1-866-441-4637.

PJ LIBRARY: PJ Goes to Camp (PJGTC) is a funder of FJC’s One Happy Camper program. PJ Goes to Camp offers incentive grants of up to $1,000 towards first time camp tuition for PJ Library* participants, siblings, and alumni.  Application for 2018 is open. Learn more about the program and how to apply.

ATLANTA, GA RESIDENTS: Needs-Based Scholarship: The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s Camp Scholarship Program helps families in metro Atlanta with the cost of overnight camp tuition. Camp scholarships are based on financial need and are awarded by the Camp Scholarship Committee as a part of an anonymous review and allocation process. All applications and inquiries are confidential. The camp scholarship program is funded through the generosity of individual donors, grants from charitable foundations, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s Annual Campaign. APPLY NOW. Application deadline is March 2, 2018.

If you have questions about the status of your application, please contact Cecelia Borgman, Engagement Associate, (404) 832- 6944 cborgman@jewishatlanta.org.

Atlanta One Happy Camper grants:The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and the Foundation for Jewish Camp are happy to sponsor the One Happy Camper grant for Jewish Campers who are attending non-profit Jewish overnight camp for the first time! First-time campers who are attending camp for 11-18 days can receive $700 and campers attending camp for 19 days+ can apply to receive $1000 off their first summer at camp. Grants are first come, first served and are NOT based on financial need. Jewish day school students are NOW eligible for One Happy Camper. Other summer experiences may apply; click here for a full list of approved programs. Please note that if your child attended camp in summer 2017 for 11-18 days and is planning to return to camp in summer 2018 for 19 days+  for the first time, they are still considered a second year camper. APPLY NOW.

Second-Year Atlanta One Happy Camper incentive grant: Atlanta campers who received a One Happy Camper grant during summer 2017 may be eligible to receive a Second-Year One Happy Camper incentive grant up to $500.  To apply for the second-year grant, complete the One Happy Camper application which includes questions that will determine your eligibility for the second-year program. Please note that in order to be eligible, families must have received a first year grant for summer 2017 and have a combined household AGI of less than $160,000. The application form for One Happy Camper years one and two is the same. Apply now.

BROWARD COUNTY, FL RESIDENTS: Application available ! Orloff CAJE provides need-based financial assistance for Jewish overnight camps to families residing in Broward County, on behalf of The Jewish Federation of Broward County, the Jewish Community Foundation and the Sonenshein Fund for Jewish Sleep Away Camps. Complete the application and return it, together with a complete copy of your most recent income tax return, prior to March 1. One Happy Camper is also available. Campers who received a One Happy Camper grant (www.onehappycamper.org) may also apply for need based financial assistance. Learn More or Apply! Please contact Rochelle Baltuch – camp@orloffcaje.org or at 954-660-2077.

MIAMI – DADE, FL RESIDENTS:  The Greater Miami Jewish Overnight Summer Camp Scholarship is available at www.jewishmiami.org through January 31Click here for more information. If you have questions about your application or for more information, contact Inbar Cohen at 786.866.8431 or icohen@gmjf.org.

PALM BEACH COUNTY and BOYNTON BEACH NORTH through MARTIN COUNTY, FL RESIDENTS:  The Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County provides up to $1,500 in camp scholarship for children who demonstrate financial need (for up to a maximum of 3 summers). Contact Melissa Arden at Melissa.Arden@jewishpalmbeach.org or 561-242-6654.

BOCA RATON, DELRAY BEACH, and HIGHLAND BEACH, FL:  The Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Service Center for Families and Children offers scholarship assistance to camp families who qualify and live in their service area of Delray Beach and Boca Raton.  Contact Shari Cohen at 561-852-3171 or shariw@ralesjfs.org for more information or to apply.

CHARLESTON, SC RESIDENTS: Financial aid for Charleston-based campers is available. Click here to learn more about the available opportunities in Charleston. Please contact Sara Chesley at saras@jewishcharleston.org or call 843-614-6491 for free and confidential assistance. Thank you to the Pearlstine Family Fund and the Foundation for Jewish Camp for generous funding to support campers!

ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, OKLAHOMA, TEXAS or TENNESSEE RESIDENTS:  Application available beginning November 1st at www.jcrs.org.  If you have questions regarding your application, please contact Janice Zazulak at Janice@jcrs.org or (504) 828-6334.

INDEPENDENT COMMUNITIES: Thanks to the generosity of The Michael and Anita Siegal One Happy Camper Fund, six $1,000 incentive grants are available. Any Jewish child who would like to have a first-time experience at a Jewish overnight camp and who lives in a community that is part of JFNA’s Network of Independent Communities (small, outlying Jewish communities) is eligible to apply. The 2018 application is not yet available, but we will update this post once it is liveIn the meantime, if you have questions regarding the One Happy Camper grant application process for Network communities, please contact Edward Finkel, JFNA/Network Regional Director, at (212) 284-6530 or by e-mail at edward.finkel@jewishfederations.org.

LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, ALABAMA and FLORIDA PANHANDLE RESIDENTS:  The Goldring Jewish Summer Camp Experience  offers one-time grants of $1000 to first-time campers. Deadline: March 31, 2018.  Click here for more information or to apply. For more information, please contact Ellen Abrams at 504-524-4559 or ellen@jefno.org.

PINELLAS AND PASCO COUNTY, FL RESIDENTS:  The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco County and the Covenant Fund are offering need-based camp scholarships for the 2018 camping season. Click here for information or to apply. For information or assistance, please call 727-530-3223.

BIRMINGHAM, AL RESIDENTS:  The Birmingham Jewish Federation offers limited need-based camp scholarships. To learn more about how to apply, contact Collat Jewish Family Services at 205-879-3438.

GREENSBORO, NC RESIDENTS:  Grants and Financial Assistance, including the The Greensboro Jewish Federation Stanley Shavitz Camp Judaea Camper Incentive Grant, are available only for Greensboro residents who are contributing members of the Greensboro Jewish Federation. Contact Hannah Henza, Program Coordinator of Greensboro Jewish Federation, or Betsy Gamburg, Director of Jewish Family Services, about any aspect of this information.

WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENTS:  The WNC Jewish Federation offers need-based financial aid. Download the information and application.

JEWISH FEDERATION and FOUNDATION OF NASHVILLE AND MIDDLE TENNESSEE:  The Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee realizes the importance of building Jewish life and makes available on a need basis financial assistance for students to attend Jewish summer camps.  To request information on summer camp opportunities or for a scholarship application, please contact Becky Gunn at the Jewish Federation office, 615-356-1624, or by email, becky@jewishnashville.org.

JEWISH FEDERATION of SARASOTA-MANATEE:  The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, in partnership with local philanthropists, offers incentive grants for Jewish children planning to attend not-for-profit Jewish overnight camps for the summer.  Applications open November 1st and the deadline is January 31st, 2018.  Click here for more information or to apply!  Contact Andrea Eiffert at Aeiffert@jfedsrq.org or 941-552-6308.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES:  Please check with your local synagogues and Federations for opportunities that may be available to your family. As a reminder, this year One Happy Camper grants are generally offered only through PJ Library and specific local Jewish Federations.
If you know of any opportunities that are available, but not listed here, please email Camp Judaea at info@campjudaea.org.

Reminder: Most granting agencies that award funds on a needs basis want to know that families have made arrangements with Camp Judaea to cover a portion of the tuition prior to applying for scholarship. If you have not already, please ensure that you have a payment plan with camp that covers a good portion of your balance. When applying for assistance, agencies will want to know that you have approached multiple sources for assistance. Besides the places listed above, synagogues and Jewish Family Services are also good places to try. We understand this process can be confusing and frustrating at times. We would like this process to be as easy as possible. If you have questions regarding the scholarship process, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 404-634-7883 or info@campjudaea.org.

Please consider supporting Camp Judaea Scholarships.  You can donate here or contact us at 404-634-7883 or info@campjudaea.org. Your contribution is tax-deductible!

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