Our Focus: Send A Kid To Camp

Overview | Program Update | Grantmaking Criteria | Eligibility | Important Dates | Evaluation Criteria | Reporting Requirements | Staff Contacts

PLEASE NOTE: The Send A Kid To Camp program is transitioning to a Fall grant application process, with award announcements by the end of the calendar year. There will be NO application process in the spring.


Since 1984, the Send A Kid To Camp program of Triangle Community Foundation has provided a safe, educational, healthy outlet for our community’s children through summer camp scholarships.  The Foundation believes that summer camp experiences are vital in maintaining a child’s learning and achievement over the summer. Research tell us that low-income students face losing up to two months of learning over the summer, while their peers make small gains. These losses can grow over time, setting these children back from achieving their college and career goals as adults.

The program’s purpose is simple: To give children a camp experience that will also help prevent summer learning loss and set them up for success in the next academic year.  Send A Kid To Camp combats this summer learning loss by providing local camps focused on addressing this issue grants to provide campers with financial need tuition scholarships.

Triangle Community Foundation partners with organizations to provide grants for summer camp tuition for children identified based on need and suitability by camp partners.  Grants are available for organizations operating summer camp programs for the benefit of children from Chatham, Wake, Orange, and Durham Counties.

(Please note: The Foundation is not able to make grants to individual families or to camps serving children outside our 4-county service area).

Program Update

In the spring of 2019, we conducted an evaluation of this program and adjusted our program goals and desired outcomes to more specifically focus on addressing summer learning loss.

We’re also shifting to a fall grant process, notifying applicants of funding decisions by the end of the calendar year. We hope that this will allow grantees to go into camp planning with funding in place, and those organizations we are not able to award more time to secure funding. Please note that this means there will NO grant process in spring 2020!

This shift will be a learning process, and we welcome feedback as we make these adjustments in our longest-running grant program.

Grantmaking Criteria

Send A Kid To Camp grants will be $10,000. Funds may be used to support tuition scholarships for the full cost of camp, including meals and transportation if provided.

Funding is provided for camp tuition assistance/scholarships for children with financial need, ages 5-17, residing in Triangle Community Foundation’s service area: Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Wake Counties.

The Foundation will accept applications from camps that:

  • Reduce summer learning loss by incorporating academic components into daily activities and provide high-quality learning instruction by trained staff
  • Reach youth of color, youth from low-income families, youth with disabilities, youth with limited English proficiency, and/or youth attending low performing schools.
  • Communicate with and engage families before, during, and after camp.


  • Charitable organizations defined in Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), religious congregations, governmental agencies, or organizations working under fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)(3) organization are eligible to apply. All camp programs must have been in operation for at least 3 years.
  • Programming must be open to children of all faiths.
  • Both day and overnight camps will be considered. Camp sessions should be at least 5 days in length. Preference will be given to full-day and overnight camps.
  • Only organizations providing camp programs should apply and only one application per organization will be considered.

Important Dates and Grant Information

Proposal Deadline             September 15, 2019
Grantees Announced        Prior to January 1, 2020
Grant Reports Due            September 2020

Applications must be submitted before 11:59pm on September 15, 2019. Applicants will be notified of their funding status prior to January 1, 2020. View our 2019 Camp Partners.

Evaluation Criteria

Foundation staff work with volunteer advisory committee members to review proposals and reach grantmaking decisions. In reviewing grant proposals, the Foundation will use the following evaluation criteria:

  • Alignment with Send A Kid To Camp’s program goal focused on summer learning loss
  • The organization’s understanding of and ability to meet the needs of the community they serve
  • Financial stability and ability to maintain operations through the upcoming summer camp cycle

Reporting Requirements

At the end of the grant cycle partners will be required to submit a report of camper scholarships using the Grant Report Form provided by Triangle Community Foundation. Organizations will be asked to report the number of scholarships provided, age of child, child’s gender, child’s county of residence, length of camp, and any recorded academic progress.

Additionally, grantees are asked to provide a narrative of the summer’s activities and general camper experience and any available pictures of children at camp and/or letters, notes, or hand drawn pictures from campers to be used in Send A Kid To Camp marketing materials (along with any applicable parental release forms). Triangle Community Foundation staff are open to visiting camp if appropriate and invited.

Staff Contacts

We want to be as transparent and accessible as possible. If you have general questions about the grant, the Send A Kid To Camp program strategy or would like to know if your organization or proposal is a fit for this process, do not hesitate to reach out to Sarah Battersby.

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Sarah Battersby

Senior Scholarships & Education Officer
Phone 919.474.8370 ext:4015
Email [email protected]