Hovis Fund Enables The Erie Community Foundation to Help Send Kids to Summer Camp

January 17, 2020


The Erie Community Foundation, thanks to the generosity of the late Richard Hovis, is proud to, once again, offer a special grant opportunity for high-quality summer camps and programs throughout Erie County.  This funding initiative will provide grants to promote and support scholarships and operations. The William and Ethel Hovis Fund, established in 2018, designates the promotion of outdoor activities, camp attendance, athletics and other programs that foster good health and well-being for underserved youth and elderly in our area.  In 2019, over $75,000 awarded to 27 local summer camps and programs provided new experiences for hundreds of young people in our community.

Summer camps offer children a structured program in which to grow while providing a special type of community where kids come together to have fun.  Within the camp setting, children develop a sense of independence as they participate in new adventures away from home. Summer camps are known for providing a safe environment where children gain self-confidence as they learn new skills.  Camp is also a place where children develop a variety of social skills such as communication and conflict resolution ability.

The Erie Community Foundation, on behalf of the William and Ethel Hovis Fund, is now accepting applications for these projects and programs. The grant could be a maximum of $5,000 and should be able to be used for summer 2020 camps and programs.

Eligible Organizations: Applications may be submitted by any Erie County 501(c)3 organization.

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by visiting www.ErieCommunityFoundation.org/grants/apply-for-a-grant, selecting the Helping Today grant program and using the access code 2267 by March 20, 2020. Applicants will be notified in April 2020.

Questions? Contact our Community Impact Team at 814-454-0843.