The Summer Camp Fund


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The Hamilton Spectator Summer Camp Fund is used to provide camperships to children whose families could not otherwise financially afford the cost of summer camp for their youngsters.  The funds raised by The Hamilton Spectator Summer Camp Fund are distributed to day and overnight camps in our community.

The Hamilton Spectator Summer Camp Fund is a partnership project between Hamilton Community Foundation and The Hamilton Spectator.

Priorities & Criteria

To be eligible for funding the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Must serve Hamilton/Burlington children
  • Children must be in demonstrated financial need
  • Camp/organization cannot be receiving funding from The Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund or Guelph Mercury Kids to Camp Fund
  • The camp and/or sponsoring organization must be established and operational for five years

Grant awards are provided for one or two week sessions only.

Applications will be assessed using the following criteria to determine the level of support:

  • Cost effectiveness (how many children are being supported by requested dollars)
  • A process is in place to determine financial need
  • Quality of the camping experience
  • Membership in the Ontario Camping Association or comparable overseeing body

To Apply download the summer camp fund application and send to or send to:

Hamilton Community Foundation
120 King Street West, Suite 700
Hamilton, ON L8P 4V2

Spectator Summer Camp Fund

Did you know?

Visible minorities, people with disabilities, aboriginal people and recent immigrants have higher-than-average incidences of poverty.

Change Challenge

Have you got a fabulous idea to help make kids in Hamilton happier or healthier? SpecKids Unlimited is offering a grant of up to $25,000 to a person or organization with an outstanding project to improve the lives of children in our community. Applying is simple. Here’s how it works:

If you know of a brilliant way to help kids in The Hamilton Spectator’s readership area, apply to us by using an application form found here. The deadline for applications -- which can include written submissions, photos, drawings and video -- is October 14th.


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