Top Winners of $15,000 Business Grant Contest for Children’s Camp and Class Providers

Project Ember and Rock Band Land Win Top Prizes

ActivityHero today shared the results of the 2018 Business Grant Contest. Over the course of three months, families voted for over 1,300 children’s camp and class providers. These votes helped nine businesses become finalists, and a panel of three judges selected the grant winners.

Katie Richmond, Co-founder of Project Ember

Project Ember, a Bay Area camp which “puts professional power tools in the hands of kids as young as 7,” won the Grand Prize of $10,000 in cash and prizes. 

Ben Thompson, Marketing Director of 4imprint, was one of the judges and explained “Instead of building go-carts or other known items, Project Ember intentionally chooses projects that have to be imagined first. Kids are very creative and vested in the process.” Project Ember plans to use the grant money to help fund their scholarship program as well as to advertise and spread the word about their program.

Campers demonstrate their creation at Project Ember

The Silver Prize was awarded to Rock Band Land, a San Francisco based program that focuses on creative expression and collaboration through rock music, storytelling, writing, video arts, fine arts, and movement-based classes. One parent calls Rock Band Land “a gift, a discovery, a miracle… it’s friendly, welcoming, inclusive, developmentally appropriate, safe, and just plain fun.” Rock Band Land will be using the grant money to help them move into a larger location where they will need to purchase more instruments, computers, and materials.

“All of the grant applicants shared amazing stories about their impact to the community and the judges had a tough time choosing a winner,” said Peggy Chang, Co-founder and CEO at ActivityHero, the leading online marketplace for kids’ activities.

The grant contest was inspired by an April 2018 survey of camp providers in which 69% of respondents said they were just “doing okay,” were “struggling,” or “barely getting by.” ActivityHero launched the grant contest to help these striving businesses and sponsors GoDaddy Website Builder, 4imprint Branded Promotional Products, and PsPrint Premium Printing donated additional services to help finalists grow their business.

The complete list of winners and finalists includes:

Cook n Grow of College Station, TX – Finalist

Empower and Help of Tennent, NJ – Finalist

Golden Bear Gymnastics of Berkeley, CA – Finalist

Kid Stock of San Francisco, CA – Finalist

Project Ember of Oakland, CA – Grand Prize

Rock Band Land of San Francisco, CA – Silver Prize

Tri-City Storm Soccer Club of Fargo, NC – Finalist

Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park of Charleston, SC – Finalist

Youth Technology Learning Center (YTLC) of Roswell, GA – Finalist

About ActivityHero

ActivityHero.com is the leading online marketplace for camps, activities, after school classes, workshops, and kids’ nights out. More than 2.5 million families use ActivityHero to find and book kids’ activities from a wide variety of local providers. Providers can claim and customize their listing or upgrade to ActivityHero online registration tools at https://www.activityhero.com

About ActivityHero Team

The ActivityHero Team is based in California and includes staff members and bloggers who love to share what they know about parenting, keeping kids active, choosing just the right camps and classes, and running successful businesses for kids.