In the City Camp has been awarded a one-year, $20,000 Ignition Grant from the New York-based Covenant Foundation to support the Atlanta day camp’s efforts to work with preschool camps held by synagogues in the metro area.
The idea is to bring In the City Camp’s curriculum, experiential teaching techniques and marketing knowledge to synagogues to strengthen their early childhood summer programs and to increase collaboration among Jewish education providers.
The project director for the grant is In the City Camp CEO Eileen Snow Price, who founded the organization in 2012. Price was named one of the AJT’s 40 Under 40 in 2014, an AJT nonprofit innovator in 2015 and the winner of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s Mary and Max London People Power Award in 2017.
The Covenant Foundation’s Ignition Grants support untested educational approaches. The foundation announced five of the grants Jan. 4, each for the maximum of $20,000 and one year. The other four recipients are in New York or Boston.
The education-focused Covenant Foundation, whose board is chaired by Atlantan Cheryl Finkel, former head of the Epstein School, also awarded 17 Signature Grants, which are worth up to $150,000 over three years to help proven, innovative programs grow. None of them is in Georgia.
“We continue to be surprised and delighted by the creativity and diversity of ideas that arrive over the transom during our grant application process,” Finkel said in the award announcement. “This year’s grantee cohort brings a fresh batch of exciting initiatives to the Jewish community, and with those initiatives comes the promise to engage, excite and inspire Jewish learners of all ages.”
Foundation Executive Director Harlene Appelman said: “It is our most genuine hope that the dreams represented by these new grantees will inspire educators across the country to keep bringing us their biggest and best ideas. Together, we will continue to grow the rich and varied landscape of Jewish education in North America.”