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

Fifty-eight organizations operating at 93 sites in Greater Boston received general operating grants from the Summer Fund in 2017.

Our Impact

The Summer Fund provides 60% of the total number of groups we serve for our summer programs, which yields 35% of our total participants and 40% of our participant fees. The impact of the Summer Fund on YES’s Outdoor Adventure Program is substantial. It provides the opportunity for more than 250 participants to receive introductory, one-day outdoor experiential education excursions, which we hope will leave them yearning to come back for more.

— Youth Enrichment Services (YES)

Random Quote

Cultural Day has had a significant impact on MetroLacrosse’s ability to implement quality summer programming. This summer, our Coaches-In-Training program implemented lacrosse clinics for 32 community organizations, 23 of which were secured through the Summer Fund. Cultural Day gives us the opportunity to efficiently and cost-effectively secure partnerships with past partners as well as new organizations we haven’t worked with before.

— MetroLacrosse