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Foundation for Jewish CAmp 

talent innovation grants

summer 2022

Application Information

Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) is now accepting applications for its first ever 

Talent Innovation Grants for Summer 2022!

All applications are due by 11:59pm PT on March 25, 2022

Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) believes that counselors are the linchpin of the camping experience. And yet, as the world changes, camps are finding it increasingly difficult to attract and retain the best staff possible. In October 2021, FJC convened a broad cross-section of the North American Jewish camp community to examine reasons for declining counselor recruitment and retention rates and to make recommendations about how to combat these trends systematically and collaboratively. This process illuminated a great deal about the counselor experience and its many current challenges and opportunities. Working as an ecosystem with a shared belief in the importance and power of Jewish camp, we must move beyond the structures and models that have been stagnating for years and reimagine a new and more resonant version of camp whose value proposition for campers, counselors, parents/caregivers, and the entire community, is stronger than ever.  

Starting now and over the next three years, the field of Jewish camp must invest in and execute an action plan designed to sustainably increase counselor recruitment and retention rates and positively transform the camp experience for the benefit of campers, counselors, and all camp stakeholders. The plan can only be successful, and the desired outcomes reached, if the field has the right support and resources to implement it with excellence.

FJC will grant funding to individual camps to pilot new and innovative ideas such as new staff positions, increased staff benefits or compensation, and reimagined staff training. Together, we will test these strategies, evaluate them, and scale them to the larger field.  


To learn more about eligibility requirements for these grants, please click here.

Questions? Be in touch with Teri McGuire, Program Manager at

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Camp Information

Please include all full and part time, year round employees

Please include all seasonal staff (counselors, support staff, health center, etc.)
Point of Contact

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Executive Director 

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Grant Information

To be eligible to apply for any of the 3 grant opportunities, camps must:

  • Have a desire to increase staff recruitment and retention and to meaningfully enhance the overall staff experience at camp and for the entire field. 
  • Have full-time, year-round professional leadership with a track record of success and delivering programmatic excellence. 
  • Participate in the Camper Satisfaction Insight Survey and the Staff Satisfaction Insight Survey each summer that grant funds are awarded 
  • Commit to providing FJC with timely feedback as part of its overall counselor experience research by completing all required evaluation surveys and participating in any qualitative evaluation discussions regarding the grant. 
  • Meet all of FJC’s network criteria.

New Professional Position

The work of camp professionals has grown in complexity over time. In the rush to meet the expanding needs of campers and their families, many camps do not have the bandwidth to prioritize the counselors’ experience and development. To meet this need, FJC will support camps in adding new professional staff positions to their teams whose portfolios focus on staff life at camp. In this pilot group, FJC will grant fund to six camps to support the hiring of up to six year-round professionals. To test different models, and to accommodate the diversity of needs among camps in the FJC network, grants will be awarded for four full-time positions and two part-time positions.


These pilot camps will experiment and learn with FJC regarding the ideal responsibilities and scope of these positions, as we scale this opportunity to more camps in 2023. While titles and responsibilities may differ from camp to camp, potential broad areas of focus for those taking on this job would include staff hiring, year-round engagement, staff programming and appreciation during the summer, Jewish education for staff, and supporting the arc of a staff member’s professional growth. The individuals in these new roles will also pilot a fieldwide community of practice which will allow them to learn from one another and the FJC team. 

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Grant Specific Eligibility


  • If selected for this grant, our camp will be able to to hire for this position by mid May 2022
  • If selected for this grant, our new hire will participate in a brief virtual gathering the week of May 30th with FJC and other participating camps 
  • I will submit audited financials and/or a current 990 document on the next page of this form

Innovation in Counselor Recruitment & Retention 

It is time to take a fresh look at how camps are staffed and operated, to disrupt the current challenges in staff recruitment and retention. FJC will provide camps with the risk capital and support to try something experimental this summer, so we can learn together what exemplary practices in camp staffing of the future can look like. With these experiments, we aim to iterate, evaluate, and scale successful ideas to the field, reimagining for many what could be the essential role, responsibilities, and structures of being a camp staff member.

Grants in this category will be awarded for ideas that challenge the current recruitment, retention, staffing and supervising models and norms. These ideas may include initiatives such as:

  • New compensation structures
  • New job titles and responsibilities for those with different skills and interests
  • New daily or weekly schedules that start with staff needs in mind
  • Shorter employment contracts for larger numbers of staff
  • Hybrid summer experiences that combine work at camp with other enrichment experiences
  • Recruitment or retention incentives
  • Inclusion initiatives for underrepresented or underserved populations
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Significantly enhanced staff training and/or supervision

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Grant Specific Eligibility


  • I understand that if we receive this grant a member of our camp team will attend the Talent Grant innovation workshop on April 12th from 11am-4pm eastern (8am-1pm pacific)
  • I will submit audited financials and/or a current 990 document on the next page of this form

e21: Training for Seasonal Camp Supervisors 

In partnership with e21, a cohort of camps will be selected to participate and gain access to the outstanding performance management tools and professional development resources provided by e21. Through the e21 frameworks and training, Jewish camps will professionalize the supervision experience, improve staff performance, enhance staff communication, and much more. Learn more about e21 at

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Grant Specific Eligibility

·        Attend an approximately 3-hour, virtual, pre-summer on boarding meeting with the e21 team during the first week of April

·        Camp may not have previously participated in e21

·        Camp may not already be receiving other grant funds specifically for e21 participation this summer

·        Commit to 2 years minimum of participation with e21’s performance management system

Required Attachments
Please upload your audited financials and/or your 990 documents here.

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Most recent audit or accountant's review and most recent financials (2 years of documents):

Be sure to name your document with this specific label format: "Your Camp Name - Audited Financial 1" and "Your Camp Name - Audited Financial 2"

Additional Information

Final Submission

I affirm that, to the best of my knowledge, the information provided in this application and the attached documents is accurate.

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