The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has provided a $12 million grant to the Foundation for Jewish Camp that will support a new initiative to increase accessibility for campers and staff with disabilities at Jewish summer day and overnight camps.
The $12 million, three-year grant includes $10 million to support capital projects, as well as $1.4 million in program grants ranging between $20,000 and $30,000 to any camp receiving a capital grant. In addition, $600,000 will support FJC’s operation of this initiative, including oversight of an evaluation and development of inclusion training programs for camp leadership and camp inclusion directors.
Projects funded through this initiative will support individuals with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and physical and sensory disabilities. Here are a few examples of capital projects:
- Increasing asphalt/paving to expand accessibility.
- Building or renovating facilities to serve campers with disabilities (e.g., wheelchair accommodations, ramps, grab bars, lighting, HVAC installation, emergency medical stations, etc.).
- Installing “zero-entry” systems, or other mechanisms, to make swimming pools accessible in a dignified manner.
Over the next three years, there will be a series of open application periods for camps to submit applications. The Foundation for Jewish Camp will lead the application process. More details on this initiative will be released soon at www.jewishcamp.org/accessibility. To receive funding through this initiative, Jewish day and overnight camps must be located in the United States, have ACA accreditation, and be welcoming and accommodating to all children regardless of affiliation, denomination, or religious background.