Here at Goldman Union Camp, we understand that your children's Jewish education and identity are extremely important to your family. And we know, just as you do, that sending your children to an overnight Jewish summer camp is the best way to ensure a lifelong affiliation with the Jewish people and customs, and to make Jewish friends. But we also recognize that summer camps are an expensive endeavor.
We've done our best to compile a list of financial resources for families in our region. Some of these are available to all; others are based on your geographic location. This list is not meant to be exhaustive; if you are aware of other resources that are available to other families in the GUCI region, please contact us at camp and we will add them to this list.
If you have questions, please contact the organizations listed below. If you're in need of additional assistance, please be in touch with us at camp: firstname.lastname@example.org, or 317-873-3361.
Financial Resources Open to All
One Happy Camper, through the Foundation for Jewish Camp, provides for up to $1,000 for a child's first summer at camp. Please note that many families live in an area where One Happy Camper grants are administered by a local federation or other organization. Learn if that applies to your community.
The Foundation for Jewish Camp also maintains a database of need-based scholarships you can apply for.
Please check with your local branch of the Jewish Federations of North America. Many Federations offer scholarships.
You may also apply for a loan through your local chapter of the International Association of Jewish Free Loans.
Also talk to your synagogue, many of which have a fund for camp scholarships.
GUCI also has scholarship funds available; however, URJ Camp scholarships are limited to families who are members of URJ congregations. Please contact the office for a copy of our Campership Application.
A first-year and second-year grant from The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati are available to all Cincinnati Jewish youth attending GUCI.
FIRST-YEAR GRANTS:A first-year grant of up to $1,800 will be awarded to campers who attend GUCI for a 4-week Kallah session; or, a first-year grant of up to $900 will be awarded to campers who are doing the "Taste of Garin" or "Taste of Shoresh". If campers extend their stay at camp from 2 weeks to 4 weeks, they will be rewarded a grant for up to the additional $900.
SECOND-YEAR GRANTS:A second-year grant of up to $1,000 will be awarded to campers who attend GUCI for a 4-week Kallah session.
In addition, all Cincinnati youth, ages 16 to 26, are eligible for two separate grants for travel to Israel. If between the ages of 16 and 18, one can receive a one-time grant of up to $6,500 for travel to Israel on an approved peer educational program. Israel travel grant applications are available on line at www.jewishcincinnati.org/grants/.
The Jewish Family Service Association also provides need-based scholarships for children age 10-15 who are not day school students or members of a synagogue. Please contact Lerna Chernomorets at 216.378.3478 email@example.com.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis offers several scholarship opportunities.
One Happy Camper - The Federation in cooperation with the Foundation for Jewish Camp provides incentive grants to encourage youth in grades 3-11 to participate in Jewish overnight non-profit summer camps for three weeks of longer. Scholarships will be awarded to first time campers who are members of the greater Indianapolis Jewish community; at least one parent/guardian must be a member in good standing and contribute to the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis in the year the grant is awarded. Youth who receive an intensive Jewish experience during the school year are ineligible for the Foundation for Jewish Camp Incentive grant.
Joe and Sylvia Rothbard Family Jewish Summer Camp Program - This program provides financial need based grants to encourage youth in grades 3-12 to participate in Jewish overnight summer camps. Applicants must be members of the Greater Indianapolis Jewish community. The need-based grants are made by a committee that meets in March, and all grants are confidential. The application deadline in March 2nd.
To find out more information and apply for these scholarship opportunities, check out The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis' scholarship page.