Eligibility

Your first-time camper may be eligible for a One Happy Camper grant of up to $1000!

To see if your community offers a One Happy Camper program, see our list of partners below and contact your local program provider.

Eligibility criteria varies from community to community. Campers must reside within the local program provider area, already be enrolled in their first overnight nonprofit Jewish summer camp (a 12-18 or 19+ consecutive day session), and identify as Jewish. Typically, children who attend Jewish day school or Yeshiva are not eligible, however, some exceptions do apply.

Important additional information:

  • One Happy Camper is not a scholarship program. Grants are not based on financial need.
  • A child can only receive one grant that is affiliated with the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s One Happy Camper program. This includes, but is not limited to, the PJ (Library) Goes to Camp – One Happy Camper program, the Harold Grinspoon Western Massachusetts camp incentive program, and/or the various community-based and camp-sponsored One Happy Camper programs.
  • If you do not live in a One Happy Camper community and are not eligible for the PJ Library One Happy Camper grant, your camper may be eligible for a One Happy Camper incentive grant through your camp. Visit the ‘Contact us‘ page to see if your camp offers One Happy Camper grants.

CALIFORNIA
Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1,250 grant for campers enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $750 grant for campers enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 2-12 (after camp)
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp in California

*Only campers who have never attended camp for any period of time are eligible for first-time camper grants.

Jewish Federation of San Diego County

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if they are the first in the family to attend camp and enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant for campers who are the first in their family to attend camp and are enrolled for 11-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Siblings of campers who previously received a grant or are receiving the grant this year are eligible to receive $500 when they attend camp for the first time for at least 19 consecutive days
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible for first-time camper grants.

Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 5 days or less are still eligible for first-time camper grants.

Jewish Federation of the Desert

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp in the US

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible for first-time camper grants.

Canada
Calgary Jewish Federation

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 2-12 (after camp)
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp in Canada

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible

Federation CJA’s Generations Fund (Montreal)

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp in Canada

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible

UJA Federation of Greater Toronto

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if they are the first in the family to attend camp and enrolled for 18+ consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Attending B’nai Brith Manitoba, B’nai Brith Ottawa, Gan Israel Toronto, Kadimah, Kinneret Biluim, Massad (Montreal), Moshava Enismore, Northland B’nai Brith, Ramah Canada, Shalom, Shomria Canada, Soleilim, Habonim Dror Gesher, URJ Camp George
  • Siblings of campers who previously received a grant or are receiving the grant this year are eligible to receive $500 when they attend camp for the first time for at least 18 consecutive day

*Campers who previously attended camp for 18 days or less are still eligible

COLORADO
JEWISHColorado

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible for first-time camper grants.

CONNECTICUT
Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible for first-time camper grants.

DELAWARE
Jewish Federation of Delaware

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible for first-time camper grants.

FLORIDA
Jewish Federation of Broward County

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible for first-time camper grants.

GEORGIA
Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta

Eligibility Criteria for First-Time* Campers:

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 11-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

Eligibility Criteria for Second-Time* Campers:

  • Family has an adjusted gross income below $160,000 a year
  • $500 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $350 grant if enrolled for 11-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp
  • Received an OHC first-time camper grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta the previous summer

*Campers who previously attended camp for 10 days or less are still eligible for first-time camper grants.

ILLINOIS
Jewish Federation/Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if they are the first in the family to attend camp and enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 3-9 (after camp)
  • Attend one of the following Jewish Day Schools: Anshe Emet, Akiba Schechter, Chicago Jewish Day School, Chicagoland Jewish High School, Solomon Schechter
  • Eligible for JUF’s Camp Coupons of up to $360 if they attend one of the following Jewish Day Schools: Arie Crown Academy, Bais Yaakov, Cheder Lubovich, Hillel Torah
  • Siblings of campers who previously received a grant or are receiving the grant this year are eligible to receive $500 when they attend camp for the first time for at least 19 consecutive day
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 18 days or less are still eligible for first-time camper grants.

INDIANA
Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 3-11 (after camp)
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible for first-time camper grants.

KANSAS
Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 2-12 (after camp)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible for first-time camper grants.

KENTUCKY
Jewish Community of Louisville

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible for first-time camper grants.

MASSACHUSETTS
Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers:

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 2-11 (after camp)
  • Do not attend Jewish Day School or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible for first-time camper grants.

MISSOURI
Jewish Federation of St. Louis

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible for first-time camper grants.

NEBRASKA
Jewish Federation of Omaha

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 3-11 (after camp)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Only campers who have never attended camp for any period of time are eligible for first-time camper grants.

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Jewish Federation of New Hampshire

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Reside in New Hampshire or family must belongs to a New Hampshire Jewish congregation
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible for first-time camper grants.

NEW JERSEY
Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ

Eligibility Criteria for First-Time* Campers:

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible

Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 3-11 (after camp)
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible

Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 3-12 (after camp)
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible

NEW YORK
Farash Institute for Jewish Education

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1800 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 2-12 (after camp)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

Eligibility criteria for second-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $500 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Household gross income under $100,000 a year
  • Must be entering grades 2-12 (after camp)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible

Jewish Federation of Central New York

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible

NORTH CAROLINA
Greensboro Jewish Federation

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1,250 grant for campers enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $875 grant for campers enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 3-12 (after camp)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible

OHIO
Jewish Education Center & Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 4-12 (after camp)
  • Please contact the Federation directly about grants for Jewish day School campers

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible

Jewish Federation of Columbus

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 3-12 (after camp)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible

OREGON
Jewish Federation of Greater Portland

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible

PENNSYLVANIA
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-11 (after camp)
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 2-12 (after camp)
  • Campers enrolled in the following Jewish Days Schools are eligible: Community Day, Hillel and Yeshiva School
  • Campers enrolled in any other Jewish Day School are not eligible (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible

RHODE ISLAND
Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive day
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible

SOUTH CAROLINA
Charleston Jewish Federation

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible

TENNESSEE
Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible

TEXAS
Jewish Federation of Greater El Paso

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 3-12 (after camp)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible

Jewish Federation of Greater Houston

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible

Jewish Federation of San Antonio

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible

WASHINGTON
Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 2-10 (after camp)
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible

WASHINGTON D.C.
Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington has a limited list of camps to whom they give grants. Please contact the Federation directly to learn if your camp is eligible.

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible

WISCONSIN
Milwaukee Jewish Federation

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Do not attend Jewish day school or yeshiva (Why is that?)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 18 days or less are still eligible

PJ LIBRARY
PJ Goes to Camp

Eligibility criteria for first-time* campers

  • Campers are eligible if they are current PJ Library members, PJ Library alumni, or siblings of PJ Library members or alumni.
  • $1000 grant if enrolled for 19+ consecutive days
  • $700 grant if enrolled for 12-18 consecutive days
  • Must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Attending a nonprofit, Jewish, overnight camp listed on Find A Camp

*Campers who previously attended camp for 11 days or less are still eligible

 

Why don’t federations give grants to campers who attend Jewish Day School or Yeshiva?

The One Happy Camper Program was envisioned as an outreach initiative for children who are not currently receiving an immersive, daily Jewish experience. As such, children who attend Jewish day school or Yeshiva are not eligible these programs.