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New Grants Help Camps Meet COVID-19 Requirements So Camp is Available and Safe this Summer

NEW YORK, N.Y. – As summer 2021 approaches, Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) is taking steps to ensure Jewish camps overcome the financial challenges brought by implementing COVID-related operating procedures that would constrain occupancy and reduce tuition revenue.  

FJC has secured $2.6 million from the Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund (JCRIF) for Capacity Expansion Grants that will go directly to 32 Jewish camps for projects that add more space for campers and staff while still meeting COVID-19 guidelines. Projects that the Capacity Expansion Grants support included temporary housing structures from tents to yurts, augmentations to the infirmary and dining facilities to accommodate increased traffic, and creative solutions for isolation space in case of COVID. 

“Camps want nothing more than to provide a safe, healthy and joyful Jewish environment for campers, and although many challenges and uncertainties remain, I feel the optimism and anticipation as FJC and our camp partners work diligently to ensure a safe and successful summer 2021,” said Jeremy Fingerman, CEO of Foundation for Jewish Camp. “FJC’s priority is to support Jewish camps through and beyond this crisis, so we’re thrilled that the JCRIF funders have invested $2.6 million for capacity expansion, and we hope others will join to support this efficient, effective initiative.”

These grants expand capacity to serve approximately 3,300 additional campers and also represent a strong return on investment that will generate incremental tuition revenue of over $13 million, badly needed to offset projected operating deficits in 2021. This creative approach means more campers will be able to attend camps this summer when connection and community are needed now more than ever. 

“The JCRIF Grant funders were impressed with the number of strong and creative applications FJC received and are proud to help enable more kids than ever to attend camp this summer,” said Felicia Herman, Director of the Aligned Grants Program for JCRIF. The Aligned Grants Program funders include: Aviv Foundation, Jim Joseph Foundation, Maimonides Fund, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, and the Paul E. Singer Foundation.

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