Mitzvah Corps is committed to creating experiences that are as accessible as possible, and to working with our families and partners to make them a reality. We strongly encourage each participant to seek as many sources of support as possible, and to reach out to our office with any questions. If for any reason, adequate financial assistance cannot be obtained by March 1st, your $500 deposit will be fully refunded.

Please review the below information regarding financial incentives, scholarships from Mitzvah Corps, and additional sources of support.

Early Action Pricing
Save $200 by registering by January 4th!

Refundable Deposits
Fully refundable deposits until March 1st!

Returning Participants
An automatic $100 discount will be applied to your account after you register and pay your deposit. This will be applied to your account after you register and pay a deposit.

Multiple Mitzvah Corps Programs
Register for multiple programs in the same summer to receive a $100 discount per additional program. This will be applied to your account after you register and pay a deposit for both programs.

First Time Summer Program Participants
If you have never been to overnight Jewish summer camp, or a similar immersive Jewish summer program, you may be eligible for a One Happy Camper grant of up to $1,000. Eligibility requirements vary by community. Visit the Foundation for Jewish Camp's One Happy Camper website to learn more, and/or contact your local Jewish Federation directly for more information.

Mitzvah Corps is pleased to be able to offer limited need-based financial aid to our participants each summer. In order to be eligible to apply for a Mitzvah Corps Scholarship, a participant must (1) be registered for a Mitzvah Corps program; (2) be an active contributor, including setting up a personal fundraising page; and (3) exhaust all other potential sources of funding.

Our scholarships are awarded in two rounds:

  • Round 1: Deadline to submit is February 1; notifications delivered by February 15
  • Round 2: Deadline to submit is April 1; notifications delivered by April 15

The Mitzvah Corps scholarship application process is as follows:

STEP 1: REGISTER FOR MITZVAH CORPS
If your intention is to register for Mitzvah Corps, please do so right away, as only registered participants are eligible for scholarship. Upon registration, you will be required to pay a deposit. If this is a concern, please contact us.

STEP 2: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF INCENTIVES
Be sure to take advantage of all incentives, including registering by our Early Bird deadline, noting in your registration if you are returning to Mitzvah Corps after a previous summer, and registering for multiple programs. If this is your first time in an overnight Jewish setting, you may be eligible for a One Happy Camper grant from your local Jewish Federation.

STEP 3: SELECT PAYMENT SCHEDULE & BEGIN MAKING PAYMENTS
We work in partnership with families to make Mitzvah Corps a reality for teens. Making your first payment demonstrates your commitment to this process, and we have various payment plans to choose from. At this point, determine what your family can afford to contribute, and begin making some payments. If this is not a possibility for your family, or if you have questions or concerns about billing or payment plans, please contact us.

STEP 4: SET UP A PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE
In addition to family contributions, we expect each participant to make some personal contribution to their program. This can be from personal savings, earned income, and starting a personal fundraising page! Personal fundraising pages are required to submit a Mitzvah Corps scholarship application. Please download our Fundraising Toolkit that includes instructions and templates to guide your efforts. Each participant should be tapping into their support network, including extended family, family friends, teammates, and more! People who love you are always interested in what you’re doing, especially when it’s something as meaningful and incredible as a Mitzvah Corps program. Fill them in, let them help you reach your goal, and use them as a built-in support system when you return, fired up to continue making the world a better place.

STEP 5: APPLY TO ALL FUNDING SOURCES AVAILABLE
Local Jewish community organizations, including congregations, Jewish Federations, and regional and national youth groups, such as NFTY and BBYO, often have financial aid available. Page 6 of our Fundraising Toolkit provides a thorough list of potential options and tips for finding sources. Solicitation of financial aid from outside sources is required to submit a Mitzvah Corps scholarship application. We understand each organization has its own timeline; please indicate on your application whether you have had funds requested (an application has been submitted), expected (a certain amount is anticipated based on eligibility, verbal agreement, etc), or granted (the exact amount has been formally awarded) from each source; our office may follow up with those sources to confirm the amount they intend to provide.

STEP 6: SUBMIT A MITZVAH CORPS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
If you’ve exhausted all of the above options and still require additional funding, complete the Mitzvah Corps Scholarship Application which can be found in your online account. The application will ask for contact information, family’s financial information, and a report on how you did acquiring dollars from others. There are two deadlines: February 1 (notified by February 15) and April 1 (notified by April 15). You will be notified by email and the amount applied directly to your online account.

 

Fundraising Toolkit

We are committed to supporting our teens' efforts to make these programs possible, and are excited to present the Mitzvah Corps Fundraising Toolkit. This document should be reviewed thoroughly, and contains tips and suggestions on where to locate additional funding, language to use while soliciting scholarships from other sources, and a step-by-step guide (and standard language) to launching your own personal fundraising campaign through GoFundMe.com.

First Time Summer Participants

If you have never been to overnight Jewish summer camp, or a similar immersive Jewish summer program, you may be eligible forOne Happy Camper grant of up to $1,000. Eligibility requirements vary by community. Visit the Foundation for Jewish Camp's One Happy Camper website to learn more, and/or contact your local Jewish Federation directly for more information.

For Teens from Metrowest New Jersey

The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life is offering a brand new Destination: Jewish Service Learning grants, and all Mitzvah Corps programs are eligible! Visit www.jteenmw.org to apply to receive a grant up to $800!

Other Potential Sources

Participants are typically able to identify financial aid opportunities through the following:

  • Local synagogue, with both the rabbi's discretionary fund and youth fund.
  • Local Jewish community federation or Bureau of Jewish Education. Virtually every Federation has an Israel Programs Coordinator and Scholarship Fund.
  • Some NFTY regions have separate scholarship funds. Contact your Regional Staff Member.
  • Schools, clubs, or local programs with a focus on community service or volunteerism.
  • Work study program at your congregation - teaching religious school or tutoring in exchange for financial aid.
  • Asking family members for Hanukkah or birthday gifts of donations to your Mitzvah Corps experience.
  • Begin a gofundme.com page to spread the word about the incredible work you're doing.
  • URJ camp alumni can apply to their Camp Director for financial assistance.

For Teens Attending Mitzvah Corps Israel

We recommend pursuing the following Israel travel grant opportunities:

  • Through the Jewish National Fund's Plant Your Way to Israel program you can raise money by asking friends and family to plant trees. You can personalize your PYW webpage with photos and information about your trip, forward a link to family and friends so they can donate online, and watch your fundraising thermometer grow as you reach your goal.
  • Most local Jewish Federation offices offer financial aid for teen Israel travel. Take a look at some of the options below, and find your Federation here!
    • The Jewish Community Foundation in Northern California has funding available for participants from Sonoma and Marin counties, San Francisco, and the Peninsula from Mountain View north.
    • The Jewish Federation of the East Bay in Northern California has significant funds available for participants from Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, or Solano counties.
    • The Boston Combined Jewish Philanthropies Israel Teen Travel Grant program offers grants of $400, and additional need-based scholarship for teens from the greater Boston area.
    • The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington's Israel Quest program provides funding for participants from the greater Washington, DC area.
    • The Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest New Jersey's Passport to Israel provides scholarships of up to $1,000 for teen Israel travel.
    • The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey offers up to $1,000 in Israel scholarships to participants from Middlesex and Monmouth counties.
    • The Jewish United Fund of Chicago offers need-based scholarships for Israel travel for teens coming from the Chicago Metropolitan area.
    • The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati's Israel Travel Grants offer grants of up to $6,500 for teens from the Cincinnati area.
    • The Minneapolis Jewish Federation offers a variety of Israel travel scholarships for teens and young adults.
    • The Jewish Education Center of Greater Cleveland offers both need-based financial assistance as well as a matching Saving for Israel program.
    • The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston offers Israel Travel Scholarships for organized summer trips.
    • The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas offers need-based Israel travel scholarships.
    • The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles offers grants of up to $500 through their POST Partnership Grant for participants traveling to Israel for the first time on a group trip.
    • The Jewish Federation of San Diego's My Israel Journey - Teen Subsidy Program offers up to $1,750 for teens from San Diego County.