Our Focus: Send A Kid To Camp

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 at-risk through summer camp scholarships.  The Foundation believes that all children can benefit from a camp experience; especially those who may otherwise be unable to attend due to financial constraints or family situations.

The program’s purpose is simple: to give deserving children a camp experience that might otherwise be out of reach.  However, the importance of providing access to quality summer learning opportunities should not be understated.  Research has shown that students often forget what was learned during the school year over vacation creating the “summer-slide.”  Students from low-income homes often do not have access to enriching summer activities, putting them further behind and thus widening the achievement gap.  Send A Kid To Camp combats this summer learning loss by providing camp tuition assistance to families with financial constraints.

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.

Criteria for funding

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.

Any funding provided must be used 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.

  • Programming must be open to children of all faiths.
  • Only one application per organization will be considered.
  • 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.

Priority will be given to programs that:

  • Reach youth of color, youth from low-income families, youth with disabilities, youth with limited English proficiency, and youth attending low performing schools.
  • Offer accommodations for campers with special needs.
  • Provide transportation and meals for campers receiving tuition assistance.
  • Reduce summer learning loss by providing high-quality learning instruction by trained staff and have a low camper to counselor ratio. Incorporate academic enrichment activities as a part of the camp programming to reduce summer learning loss.
  • Communicate with and engage parents or guardians before, during, and after camp.

Triangle Community Foundation actively seeks to promote access, equity, and inclusiveness, and to discourage discrimination that denies the essential humanity of all people.  Our grantmaking policies reflect the belief that organizational performance is greatly enhanced when people with different backgrounds and perspectives are engaged in an organization’s activities and decision making. Triangle Community Foundation does not knowingly support organizations that negatively discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, physical disability or national origin. The Foundation defines “negative discrimination” to include (but not necessarily be limited to) denial of services, employment or volunteer opportunities to any class of individuals in a manner that negatively restricts opportunities of that class of individuals.

Important dates and grant information

  • Informational Webinar: View a recording here.
  • Proposal Deadline: January 15, 2019
  • Grantees Announced: April 1, 2019
  • Grant Reports Due: September 2019

View the 2019 Send a Kid to Camp webinar here.

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

Estimated grant size: $2,500 – $15,000

Application Procedure

All proposals must be submitted using the Foundation’s online system.  A committee of community volunteers will review proposals and recommend grants.

Reporting Requirements

At the end of the grant cycle partners will be required to submit a report of camper scholarships provided through Send A Kid To Camp 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 and/or members of the Send A Kid To Camp Steering Committee may request a site visit during camp season.

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Sarah Battersby

Senior Scholarships & Education Officer
Phone 919.474.8370 ext:4015
Email sarah@trianglecf.org