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Overnight Camp Grants and Financial Assistance

Overnight Camp Grants and Financial Assistance

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.

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

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers:

  • $2500 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $1500 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

Eligibility criteria for second-time* campers:

  • Family has an adjusted gross income below $200,000 a year
  • $2000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $1250 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp
  • Received an OHC first-time camper grant from the Jewish Community of Louisville the previous summer

Eligibility criteria for third-time* campers:

  • Family has an adjusted gross income below $200,000 a year
  • $1,500 grants for third-time campers enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $1,00 grants for third-time campers enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp
  • Received an OHC second-time camper grant from the Jewish Community of Louisville the previous summer

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible for first-time camper grants.

We now have up to $6,000, per child, 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 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 aroemer@jewishlouisville.org.

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.