Overnight Camp, Israel Experience Grants and Financial Assistance

Making Jewish Camp and Israel Experiences a Reality for Louisville Area Youth

We believe overnight Jewish camp and Israel experiences are life-changing opportunities for kids and teens.

Through camp, not only do kids have the freedom to explore their Jewish identity and friendships in a fun and supportive setting, but campers also acquire a sense of independence, resiliency and leadership skills which alternative summer options can’t match. It’s no wonder that university admissions counselors view former campers as more likely to succeed in college.

Spending time in Israel during the formative teen and young adult years presents Jewish youth with a unique perspective on their connection to Judaism and the larger Jewish world around them. This type of experience can only be found in Israel. When these identity-building connections are made during the teenage years, the meaning is especially lasting.

While undoubtedly impactful, these experiences can be costly, and pose a financial burden or may feel like an impossibility for families. The Jewish Federation of Louisville and the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence recognize this and want overnight Jewish camp and Israel experiences to be a reality for all Louisville-area Jewish youth by making these opportunities more affordable and accessible.

Read on to learn about available financial incentives and other support!

Overnight Camp Grants and Financial Assistance:

We now have up to $6,000 in One Happy Camper grants available. First-year grants of $2,500 for 4 weeks or $1,500 for 2 weeks, and families who are eligible can receive a second-and third-year grant up to $2,000 and $1,500 respectively.

Here’s How It Works

  1. Find an approved camp and register. Kids and teens must be registered for a camp before applying for a One Happy Camper grant. Find an approved camp here, or contact us at Camp/Israel@JewishLouisville.org and we’ll help find the perfect camp for your child.
  2. Apply for a One Happy Camper grant opportunity and/or financial assistance. Read about options and eligibility below.
  3. Register for camp and grants and/or assistance by February 1. The extended application deadline is April 17. If either deadlines poses an issue, contact us.
  4. Questions or don’t know where to start? We’re here to help every step of the way. Contact us at Camp/Israel@Jewishlouisville.org.

One Happy Camper Grants

One Happy Camper grants are open to all Louisville-area residents under the age of 18 identifying as Jewish and attending an approved camp.

First-year campers: Youth attending camp for the first time are eligible to receive up to $2,500 for a session of 19 days or more, and up to $1,500 for an 11-18-day session.

Second-year campers: Louisville campers who received a One Happy Camper grant in Summer 2019 may be eligible to receive up to $2,000 for a session of 19 days or more, and up to $1,250 for an 11-18-day session.

Third-year campers: Campers attending camp for third year may be eligible for $1,500 grant.

Click here to apply for grants

Camp Financial Assistance

If additional financial assistance is needed beyond the One Happy Camper grants, or for children past year 3 of camp, we want to help. Please note, all applications and inquiries are confidential. Funding is provided through the generosity of individual donors, the Jewish Foundation of Louisville, the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence and the Federation’s Annual campaign.

Click here to apply for camp financial assistance

Israel Experience Grants and Financial Assistance:

How it Works

  1. Find an organized Israel experience program. Need help? Contact us and we’ll help find the perfect program for you or your child.
  2. Apply for a Passport to Israel grant and/or financial assistance. Read about options and eligibility below.
  3. Register for your program and grants and/or aid by February 1. If this deadline poses an issue, contact us.
  4. Questions or don’t know where to start? We’re here to help every step of the way. Contact us at Camp/Israel@Jewishlouisville.org.

Passport to Israel Grants

Passport to Israel grants are open to all Louisville-area residents age 15-24 identifying as Jewish and attending an organized Israel trip that is 21 days or longer. Birthright Israel is not included.

First-time travelers: Youth travelling to Israel for the first time on an organized trip are eligible to receive up to $4,000.

Second-time travelers: Youth travelling to Israel for the second time on an organized trip are eligible to receive up to $1,000.

Click here to apply for Passport to Israel grants

Israel Experience Financial Assistance

If additional financial assistance is needed beyond the Passport to Israel grants, we want to help. Please note, all applications and inquiries are confidential. Funding is provided through the generosity of individual donors, grants from charitable foundations, the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence, and the Federation’s Annual campaign.

Click here to apply for Israel travel financial assistance