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 some of the very best nonprofits in our footprint to provide $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 OceanFirst Foundation’s central and southern New Jersey footprint – Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Somerset, and Union counties. Applicants from outside this footprint must contact the Foundation to be screened for eligibility prior to submitting 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 2024 Summer Camp Grant program. Please plan ahead – the deadline to apply is March 1, 2024 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 2024 camp season and no later than May 1, 2024.

2024 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.

The deadline to apply for a 2024 Summer Camp Grant is March 1, 2024. 

Click here for the 2024 Summer Camp Grant application. Please note you will need your nonprofit’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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