Update on May 10, 2021: This funding opportunity is closed for 2021. Grant recipients will be notified soon. We will announce the 2022 opportunity next year. Thanks to all who applied!

Rasmuson Foundation is excited to launch our 2021 Camps Initiative. Summer camps provide activities to enrich lives of children and youth beyond the school year curriculum. Campers build resilience and confidence, develop new life skills, create meaningful friendships, and of course, have fun!

The Camps Initiative will offer nonprofits, tribes and cities an opportunity to expand camps that have been under-resourced and create access for all Alaska youth. Projects that focus on experiential learning also are eligible.

The Foundation is currently accepting applications. Successful requests will increase the number of children who can participate and/or improve the camp experience. Outdoor camps, culture camps, faith-based camps, museum camps and learning pods all will be considered.

Eligible organizations are based in Alaska with 501(c)(3) status or government units such as a city or tribal government.  Grant requests may be up to $15,000 per campsite or program, with a cap of $45,000 per organization. Camps that don’t charge tuition or fees, such as many culture camps, are eligible. Download guidelines here.

Funding timeline
Applications will be accepted through May 10. Notification of awards will be on or before May 21.

To apply, please use the Rasmuson Foundation Grants Management System (grants portal) at https://grants.rasmuson.org/. Paper applications are available upon request.

Please contact Monica Garcia-Itchoak at mitchoak@rasmuson.org or 907-334-0520.

All around Alaska, kids love summer camp. In 2019, campers in a rural Alaska program run by Camp Fire show the results of their canning activity: salmonberry jelly. In 2021, many operators are planning in-person camp tailored for these times. (Photo courtesy of Camp Fire Alaska)