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

As part of the Summer Fund, in 2017 the Homeless Campership Fund supported 25 camp and shelter partners enabling families in homeless shelters and those facing housing insecurities free access for over 1300 summer camp slots for this at-risk youth population.

Our Impact

When I was thirteen, MetroLacrosse changed me by giving me the opportunity to learn how to be a leader on and off the lacrosse field. I have learned how to solve problems both individually and cooperatively (like communicating in ways other than just using my voice), how to respect and learn from the people around me including my peers and mentors, how to play on a team of players who are my opponents during the season, and maybe most importantly for me, how to allow other’s voices to be heard.

— Victoria D’Elia, former camper MetroLacrosse Teen Summer Programs

Random Quote

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)