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

The Homeless Campership Fund made a significant impact in several children’s lives this summer. The experience of traveling to an environment so different from the sidewalks and alleys they see every day brought energy and enthusiasm back to their eyes. The freedom and independence of the summer camp environment is especially valuable to children that have experienced the powerlessness that can come with being homeless.

— Elizabeth Stone House, Roxbury

Random Quote

Shelter life is difficult for children, especially during the summer when school is out. At camp, this 9-year-old boy played tennis, swam, and made friends with other children his own age. We are grateful we could offer him a fun and stimulating opportunity to spend time outside of the shelter this summer.

— Casa Myrna, Boston