Summer Camp Grants


Remember how much fun you had at camp as a kid? We’re excited to bring that joyful experience to young people this summer and plan to partner with the very best nonprofits in our footprint to provide up to $75,000 in Summer Camp Scholarships. Past recipients of Summer Camp Grants have provided all kinds of safe and engaging activities to kids including theater, science, and leadership development.

Who May Apply

We consider requests for Summer Camp Grants from nonprofits (501c3) that can demonstrate a significant level of service and impact within one or more of the counties in OceanFirst Foundation’s New Jersey footprint – Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Monmouth, and Ocean. Applicants from outside this primary footprint must be invited to submit a request. Additional grant eligibility requirements may be found here.

New Applicants

Inquiries to the Foundation are welcome and nonprofits that have not previously been included in the Summer Camp Grant program should call 732-341-4676 to be screened before applying.

Grant Deadline

There is only one opportunity to apply for the 2022 Summer Camp Grant program. Please plan ahead – the deadline to apply is March 1, 2022 and we do not consider requests submitted after the deadline.

Grant Awards

Organizations selected to receive Summer Camp Grants must agree to use funds awarded to provide direct camp scholarships of up to $250 per child to cover the cost of a camp experience. A Use of Funds report documenting scholarship recipients and program impact will be required at the conclusion of the grant period.

Application Status

Organizations that submit an application by the deadline will be notified of the decision on their request in advance of the 2022 camp season and no later than May 1, 2022.

2022 Application Process

OceanFirst Foundation accepts applications via its online Grant Request Portal. If your organization does not have access to technology or needs special assistance, we can work with you to submit via other means.  

Organizations interested in applying for the 2023 Summer Camp Grant Program should contact the Foundation. We are no longer accepting applications for 2022 as the deadline to apply was March 1, 2022. 

Click here for the 2022 Summer Camp Grant application. Please note that you will need your organization’s Federal Tax ID to access the system. For instructions on completing the application click here.

Information for Grantseekers

If your organization is seeking a grant, you’ll want to determine if your project fits within our four core priority areas: Health and Wellness, Housing, Improving Quality of Life, and Youth Development and Education. Give us a call to chat about your ideas and we’ll guide you in the right direction.

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