Tuition Assistance Resources: Houston
Here are some of the most common resources our Houston families have used to receive assistance with their camp tuition:
Your Local Congregation:
Many congregations are strong supporters of children attending Jewish summer camp. Each congregation has its own scholarship process. Contact your congregation, Rabbi, Brotherhood or Sisterhood President, or Youth Group Director to learn about deadlines and how to apply. Many have a specific budget for scholarship, so ask early. Keep in mind, you may be able to get scholarship dollars from more than one source in your Congregation as they may have separate budgets.
Congregation Brith Shalom - https://www.brithshalom.org/scholarships
Congregation Beth Yeshurun Brotherhood - CYJ Texas will apply on your behalf; please make sure that you list Congregation Beth Yeshurun as your synagogue in CampInTouch.
CBY Sisterhood - Contact Shelley Davidoff (email@example.com)
JCRS (Jewish Children’s Regional Service):
JCRS is a foundation based in New Orleans that gives generously to CYJ campers. Scholarships are available to campers entering 3rd to 12th grade as of August 31, 2021 in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. http://www.jcrs.org/
Houston Jewish Federation:
Jewish Federations are strong supporters of Jewish summer camps. Each city’s Federation has different funding available and different applications. Your city’s Board of Jewish Education, Jewish Family Services, or other community resources may also have funds – contact your local Federation to find out what is available for you.
https://www.houstonjewish.org/camp-israel-scholarships/ or contact Liz Garza (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hebrew Free Loan Association:
Many cities have a Hebrew Free Loan Association that offers interest free loans ranging from $500 to $1500 to help families fund experiences for Jewish youth.
One Happy Camper:
This grant is available only to families that applied for and received The One Happy Camper grant in 2020. The One Happy Camper program provides $1000 grants to first time campers in a 3-week program who do not currently attend a Jewish Day School. Campers who have attended shorter programs (e.g., Mini Mensch or Nitzanim) are still eligible for this grant. This grant is coordinated by Foundation for Jewish Camps and local program providers, including the Jewish Federation of Houston. It is NOT available in every city, so please go to the One Happy Camper website and walk through the eligibility inquiry to find out if your camper is eligible. Apply quickly – the grants will run out! https://www.jewishcamp.org/one-happy-camper/first-time-camper-grants/
PJ Goes to Camp:
If your camper is not in a One Happy Camper city, PJ Goes to Camp may be another grant option. If your child is an alum/na of PJ Library or has a sibling who is a member, he/she may be eligible. The Harold Grinspoon Foundation partners with Foundation for Jewish Camp to offer these grants to campers not in One Happy Camper cities. The requirements for this grant are the same as the One Happy Camper. In addition, PJ Goes to Camp also has a limited lottery for grants to kids currently enrolled in Jewish Day Schools. Apply quickly – the grants will run out! https://pjlibrary.org/Beyond-Books/PJ-Goes-to-Camp
Camp Young Judaea (CYJ) Tuition Assistance Fund:
Learn more, how to apply, and deadlines here.