Accessibility Capital Grants
Building Inclusive Camps with Integrity
A new $12 million initiative generously funded by the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation will increase accessibility for campers and staff with disabilities at Jewish summer day and overnight camps.
According to a 2013 Foundation for Jewish Camp Survey, camp professionals highlighted two areas, among others, in which they required support to better serve children with disabilities: their need for funding for capital improvements to increase accessibility, and training for staff. This initiative provides day and overnight camps with essential support in both of these areas, and will also provide funding for professional development, staff training, research, and evaluation. We hope this support will significantly increase the number of campers and staff with disabilities who are able to participate in Jewish camp.
Examples of capital projects include*:
- Increasing asphalt/paving to expand accessible areas to campers with disabilities;
- Building or renovating bunks to serve campers with disabilities (e.g., wheelchair accommodations, ramps, grab bars, lighting, HVAC installation, etc.);
- Installing “zero-entry” systems, or other mechanisms, to make swimming pools accessible in a dignified manner;
- Developing sensory gardens or quiet rooms to enhance services of campers with disabilities;
- Enhancing accessibility for campers with disabilities as part of construction or renovation of communal buildings, such as dining halls or infirmaries; and
- Building medical stands in critical locations around camp (such as by pools/lakes/etc.).
*This list is meant to be neither exhaustive nor prohibitive.
Over the next three years, there will be a series of open application periods for camps to submit applications. More details on this initiative will be released here soon.
To receive funding through this initiative, Jewish day and overnight camps must be welcoming and accommodating to all children regardless of affiliation, denomination, or religious background, located in the United States and have ACA accreditation.