Grants for Starting a Summer Camp for Kidsadmin
If you are starting a kids’ summer camp, you can maximize the number of children who can attend by finding grants that will help you cover operating costs; this way you have more money to offer scholarships to students who cannot afford to attend or to travel to camp. Learning about all the types of grants for starting a summer camp for kids will help you save time and money. In fact, you can even find grants that will help make those scholarships easier to grant. Kids who go to summer camp will be able to create some of their fondest memories during their summers away from home.
Federal grants generally offer funds only to non-profit or educational institutions. If your camp is one of these, you can get funding based on the populations you serve or programs you run. Because many federal grants give money for specific programs or camps meeting specific needs, when you research these grants, do so with your program plan or camp mission/vision in mind. This will help you determine whether any of your programs make you eligible for government grants. For example, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant assists with the creation of centers that can engage children in learning and enrichment activities when they are not in school. Summer camps run by educational institutions and non-profits, including faith-based camps, can apply for these grants.
Grants for Scholarships
One of the most important parts of starting a summer camp for kids is actually getting campers to come. However, even when grants help pay for some of their operating costs, camps can be expensive, making them out of reach for some parents. A number of organizations offer grants to summer camps to help them give scholarships to children who would otherwise be unable to attend for financial reasons. For example, the Autism Speaks Baker Camp Program offers these grants for scholarships to camps for autistic children throughout the country.
From the food served in the cafeteria to the glue used in arts and crafts, the materials needed to run a kids’ summer camp are many and they can be expensive. Some organizations offer grants for supplies that can help summer camps offer the best, most enriching experience for the kids in attendance. One of the best places to look for supplies grants is with local organizations and companies that may be willing to donate supplies or cash. For example, the Fund for Greater Hartford provides grants of as much as $3,000 for supplies for educational summer camps.
If you are starting a kids’ summer camp as part of a larger organization, also look within that organization for funding. For example, many church summer camps can request funding from their denominations, while chapters of established nonprofits, such as the YMCA or Boys and Girls Clubs, might first try their national organizations. Further, if you are running a summer camp devoted to a particular hobby or subject, try looking to organizations that also promote that hobby or subject. For example, if you are starting a music camp, ask local music stores for funds. If you are running a writing camp, ask local writers’ groups to contribute.