Ira W. DeCamp Foundation Grant

Ira W. DeCamp Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $400,000

Deadline: Jul 15, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Capital Project, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Counties in New York: Bronx County, Kings County, New York County, Queens County, Richmond County

Location of residency: Counties in New York: Bronx County, Kings County, New York County, Queens County, Richmond County

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Ira W. DeCamp Foundation Grant

The DeCamp Foundation was established in 1970 by Elizabeth DeCamp McInery in memory of her late husband Ira W. DeCamp. Over the past 20 years, the DeCamp Foundation’s grantmaking has supported a wide array of organizations within three major program areas: health, social services and education. Grants have been concentrated in the New York metropolitan area.

Funding Interests

The foundation’s grantmaking currently focuses on three areas:

Community-Based Health Care

Community Health grants will support community health centers and select primary care providers in the metropolitan area.

Funding will be provided for:

  • capacity building (e.g., leadership development, staff training and improving fundraising or other key resources);
  • organization improvement activities (e.g., strategic planning; markets, operations and systems analysis; performance measurement and process improvement); and
  • capital projects (e.g., renovations, new space acquisition and development, information technology and infrastructure enhancements).

Foster Care

The foundation’s Foster Care Grants Program seeks to support programs in the metropolitan area that address one or more of the following:

  • the shift to neighborhood-based services or realignment of services at the neighborhood level, with an emphasis on developing service linkages and partnerships with different service providers within the child welfare community (e.g., substance abuse, domestic violence, mental health and housing).Note: preference will be given to neighborhood-based services that are family-centered and holistic, addressing the needs of the child as well as parents.
  • Training and strategies to recruit and retain qualified caseworkers and front-line staff at foster care agencies.
  • Training for birth parents that helps them develop specific job-related skills, negotiate the child welfare system and interact better with their children.
  • Adolescent services including education, job training, and independent living skills, as well as services for special populations such lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender youth.
  • Policy and advocacy efforts around issues such as (but not limited to) housing for youth in foster care, updating the foster care rate-setting methodology and sustaining quality-assurance programs.

Workforce Development

Workforce Development grants will support workforce development organizations (including intermediaries) in the metropolitan area. Funding will be provided for:

  • Capacity building (infrastructure investments that enable the organization to expand, sustain and manage its services more effectively).
  • Program development (investments in new aspects of the program that will enhance the training and placement experience.
  • Research and evaluation (to understand the impact of job training programs and of public policy in this area).
  • Note: preference will be given to job training organizations that offer hard skills and life skills training; have support services available to trainees; focus on placing adults in full-time competitive employment; provide post-placement support; and collect data about graduation, placement, starting salaries and retention.

Geographic Focus

  • New York City

Type of Support

Capacity-building, project, and capital

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Organizations must be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as public charities and tax-exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.


  • No grants are made to individuals, private foundations, or for matching gifts or loans.
  • No grants are made to endowments, scholarships, or fellowships.