Ira W. DeCamp Foundation


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: community-based health, workforce development and foster care. Grants exclusively support work in the New York metropolitan area.

Funding Interests:
The foundation’s grantmaking currently focuses on three areas: community-based health care, foster care, workforce development.

Community Health grants will support community health centers (primarily federally qualified health centers) and select primary care providers in the metropolitan area. The contact person for this initiative is Lindsey Crane,

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).

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

  1. Programs designed to support service linkages and partnerships with different service providers within the child welfare community (e.g., substance abuse, domestic violence, mental health and housing).
  2. Training and strategies to recruit and retain qualified caseworkers and front-line staff at foster care agencies.
  3. Recruitment, training, and support for caregivers, including foster parents and kinship caregivers.
  4. Services for older and transition age youth, including education, job training, and independent living skills, with a focus on innovative and youth-driven programming.
  5. Services for special populations such lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
  6. Policy and advocacy efforts around issues such as (but not limited to) housing for youth in foster care, legal support for youth in care, updating the foster care rate-setting methodology and sustaining quality-assurance programs.

The contact person for this program is Lindsey Crane,

Workforce Development grants will support workforce development organizations (including intermediaries) in the metropolitan area. The contact person for this initiative is Lindsey Crane,

Funding will be provided for:

  1. Capacity building (infrastructure investments that enable the organization to expand, sustain and manage its services more effectively).
  2. Program development (investments in new aspects of the program that will enhance the training and placement experience.
  3. 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.
  4. Organizations receiving two or more consecutive years of funding are required to take at least one year off before reapplying (Only applies to Workforce Development applicants).

Geographic Focus:
New York City

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

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.

Grant Cycle:
The annual submission deadline for all program areas is July 15. Decisions are made in the fall, with funds awarded by the end of October.

Type of Support:
Capacity-building, project, and capital (see guidelines for each program area).

JPMorgan Chase Relationship:
Sole Trustee

How to Apply:
If after reading the Funding Interest guidelines you find a fit with your organization, please review our application procedures and submit your application online.


Please include the following items in your organization’s request:

1. Proposal (maximum of three pages, 12 pt font, normal margins) which includes:

a. Overview of the organization (i.e., primary goals, needs or problems being addressed, population served)
b. Description of the project for which you are seeking support

i. Statement of purpose and the needs being addressed by the project
ii. Population served and how they will benefit from the project
iii. Project timeline/anticipated project duration

c. Brief biography of the executive director and key project staff

2. Project budget

a. If it is a two-year request, please include a two-year projected budget
b. Include a list of foundation, corporate and other support applied to the budget

3. Current fiscal year organizational budget

a. Also include a projected budget for upcoming year (if available)
b. Indicate if the organization has an endowment

i. Quote the most recent value of the corpus
ii. Indicate if the funds are permanently restricted or board restricted

4. List of foundation and corporate supporters

a. Include a list of funders for the current fiscal year
b. Also provide a list from the most recently completed fiscal year
c. Include foundation and corporation names and amounts

5. Most recently completed audited financial statements.

6. List of board members

a. Include professional affiliations (employer)
b. Include length of board service

Please note:
All applications to the
Ira W. DeCamp Foundation
must be submitted online.

Total Contributions in 2023: $4,607,027

Betances Health Center, New York, NY
$192,327 for the establishment of an on-site Vision Care Center at Betances Health Center

Breaking Ground, New York, NY
$100,000 for Construction of a Federally Qualified Health Center at Sutphin Blvd

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, New York, NY
$100,000 as the final installment for Callen-Lorde CHC Foundation planning

Care for the Homeless, New York, NY
$50,000 for general operating support

Children of Bellevue, New York, NY
$25,000 for improving efficacy of programs & program selection at Children of Bellevue

Community Health Care Association of New York State Inc, New York, NY
$120,000 as a first installment for infrastructure upgrades and improved technology

The Kaleidoscope Foundation, New York, NY
$25,000 for Tiered Mental Health Support for an Entire School Community

New York School-Based Health Foundation, New York, NY
$75,000 for continued expansion of the Data Hub

New York Presbyterian Fund, New York, NY
$150,000 as a first installment for creating  an Obstetrics Community Health Worker Program in Queens

Primary Care Development Corporation, New York, NY
$150,000 to build impact evaluation capacity for training and technical assistance

VIP Community Services, New York, NY
$100,000 to establish VIP Community Services as a comprehensive health care provider

Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York, Brooklyn, NY
$75,000 as a first installment for Helpline Coordinator, Per Diem Hourly Staff, and paid outreach/advertising

Advocates for Children of New York Inc, New York, NY
$75,000 for Project Achieve

Community Foundation of New Jersey, Morristown, NJ
$100,000 as a final installment for the Foster Care Excellence Fund's continued work with the Fair Futures Initiative

Center for New York City Affairs, New York, NY
$35,000 for the Child Welfare Watch

Children's Aid Society, New York, NY
$50,000 for the Fostering Youth Success Alliance

Children's Village, Dobbs Ferry, NY
$75,000 for Families Supporting Teens (FaST)

Citizens' Committee for Children of New York, New York, NY
$35,000 for protecting and expanding child welfare services in NYC

Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies, New York, NY
$75,000 as the first installment for Growing Together: Support Children Welfare Workers

Court Appointed Special Advocates – NYC, New York, NY
$100,000 as a first installment for the youth transitioning from care project

Day One New York, New York, NY
$75,000 as a final installment to support foster care youth affected by intimate partner violence

The Door - A Center of Alternatives Inc, New York, NY
$50,000 for legal services for foster care involved youth In NYC

The Felix Organization, Locust Valley, NY
$25,000 for Camp Felix Pride

Forestdale, Forest Hills, NY
$75,000 as a final installment to improve practice at the Core of Work with Child Survivors of Abuse and Neglect initiative

Fostering Change For Children, Rocky Point, NY
$50,000 as the final installment for the Children's Corps

Fostering Media Connections, Los Angeles, CA
$25,000 for ensuring a voice for New York’s Foster Youth

Graham Windham, Brooklyn, NY
$75,000 for the Family Success Initiative

Hearts to Homes Furnishings, Yonkers, NY
$35,000 for Housewarmings for Foster Youth

Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, New York, NY
$50,000 for Enhanced Residential Programs for Youth in Foster Care

MercyFirst, Syosset, NY
$35,000 for the MercyFirst Foster Care Staten Island Renovation

Mobilization for Justice Inc, New York, NY
$50,000 as a second installment to support the Kinship Caregiver Law Project

New York Foundling Hospital, New York. NY
$100,000 as a final installment for LifeSet: Launching Success for Young Adults

Rising Ground, Brooklyn, NY
$75,000 for the Co-Parenting Program

Urban Justice Center, New York, NY
$85,000 for the Family Justice Law Center

You Gotta Believe! The Older Child Adoption & Permanency Movement, Brooklyn, NY
$75,000 as a first installment for general operating support

Youth Communication New York Center Inc, New York, NY
$80,000 as a first installment for Youth Communication's foster care project

The Andromeda Community Initiative, Long Island City, NY
$50,000 as a first installment for a full-time job developer for the CCPP Program

Bridges form School to Work, New York, NY
$75,000 for Bridges from School to Work for New York City

CareerWise, New York, NY 
$75,000 for the Healthcare Apprenticeships Pathways Initiative

Center for Family Life in Sunset Park Inc, Brooklyn, NY
$150,000 for Job Readiness and Placement for the Newest New Yorkers

Coro New York Leadership Center, New York, NY
$60,000 as a first installment for Coro’s Workforce Systems Leadership Program (WSLP)

Eden II, Staten Island, NY
$75,000 for Bridge to Employment

Exodus Transitional Community, New York, NY
$75,000 for Exodus’ Workforce Development Program

Footsteps Inc, New York, NY
$87,000 for the Economic Empowerment Initiative

Futures and Options Inc, New York, NY
$75,000 for Futures and Options Impact and Evaluation Plan

Genesys Works New York City, New York, NY
$70,000 as a final installment to hire a Development Manager and Program Coordinator

Grace Institute, New York, NY
$80,000 as a first installment for Social Work Support for Career-Ready Training

The Hope Program, Brooklyn, NY
$75,000 as a first installment for HOPE/POTS Partnership to Expand Workforce Programming to a New Community in the Bronx

JobsFirst NYC, New York, NY
$75,000 for general operating support

Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
$92,700 as a final installment for the Community Health Workers program

The New York Community Trust, New  York, NY
$75,000 as a first installment for the New York City Workforce Development Fund

Nontraditional Employment for Women, New York, NY
$50,000 as a final installment for construction and building trades pre-apprenticeship training for women

Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, New York, NY
$150,000 for building capacity to support workforce development in long-term care

Per Scholas, Bronx, NY
$200,000 for Per Scholas’ New York Satellite Partnership Model

Reel Works, Brooklyn, NY
$50,000 as a final installment for Media Career Pathways

STRIVE International, New York, NY
$75,000 for Building a Unified Internship Program

Workforce Professionals Training Institute, New York, NY
$150,000 for the Digital Transformation Initiative, Mentored Internship Program, and Leadership Transition and Organizational Planning

Youth Action Programs and Homes Inc, New York, NY
$75,000 for the Next Gen Digital Workforce Initiative

Contact Information

All application materials must be submitted online.

Grant recipients should address receipts and reports to: The Ira W. DeCamp Foundation,

Contacts for the specific initiative are: