Funding for Camps and Programs

The Summer Fund provides grants and resources to nonprofits that offer summer camp and program opportunities to underserved and low-income youth in Greater Boston.

Summer Fund grant dollars are critical to ensuring that summer enrichment opportunities are accessible to underserved youth—and therefore critical to keeping at-risk youth safe and engaged during the summer months. Our grants enable camps to offer free, reduced, and/or sliding scale fees to low-income and underserved families, while still meeting operational costs.

We evaluate our camps to ensure that they provide quality programming, with a focus on academic enrichment, social skill development, outdoors and physical recreation, and cultural field trips. Summer Fund camps operate in Greater Boston neighborhoods and are highly diverse, providing a variety of summer opportunities—including neighborhood-based programs, overnight camps, arts and education focused camps, and camps for children with special needs.

Summer Fund camps benefit children and youth by:

  • Engaging children and youth in safe and enriching summer activities
  • Providing quality child care options for working parents
  • Promoting academic enrichment and reinforcing school learning
  • Encouraging positive relationships, positive values & identity
  • Offering outdoors and physical recreation activities
  • Developing important social and life skills
  • Increasing self-esteem, independence, and leadership skills
  • Providing teen job opportunities at summer camps

Summer Fund Fact

In 2017, the Summer Fund allocated $980,000 to support over 20,000 disadvantaged and at-risk youth, youth in homeless shelters, and those facing housing insecurities to take part in summer camping, access to cultural and arts activities, and job opportunities for the summer.

Our Impact

To say that the HCF program has been central in assisting families in need who would otherwise not have had opportunities in the summer is an understatement. Without this program, many children would simply sit in their rooms at the shelters.

— CAPIC, Chelsea

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We direct resources to high-quality summer camps and programs that serve underserved, at-risk children and youth ages 5-18, from low to moderate income households in Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, and Somerville.