At the Y, no one is turned away because of an inability to pay. We offer financial assistance based on household income and size, and review special circumstances like medical expenses and unemployment. Financial assistance is made available through the Y Annual Campaign and grants from generous donors.
Financial assistance can make it more affordable for you to benefit from everything the Y offers, from wellness programs and swim lessons to summer camps and youth sports.
How to Apply
Visit a YMCA to complete an application. You can also download the English-language application and Membership form or the Spanish-language application and Membership form. Complete and return it to a Y. Please bring the following documentation to process your application. (Allow up to four weeks for approval.)
- Recent pay stub
- Birth certificate for each child
- Public assistance award letters
- Last year's W2s
- Most current tax return
- Other documents may be requested
Who benefits from the Y's financial assistance program?
Families in need receive financial support so they can participate in the Y experience.
How does the Y handle confidential information?
Your application is held in strict confidence. It will only be used by staff.
How long does the assistance last?
We reassess applications once or twice annually, depending on individual situations.
How can I use the assistance I receive?
You can use it for most programs! Summer camp, youth programs, sports leagues and swim lessons are just a few of the programs where you can apply funds upon approval. Membership assistance is also available.
Why does the Y request financial records?
Learning about your income and family size allows us to award assistance in a fair and consistent manner to all who qualify.
How can I show my appreciation?
As a nonprofit organization, we encourage children and adults of every age to lend a hand. Ask about volunteer opportunities. Drop us a note or email email@example.com telling us about your experience so we can share it with our donors. You can also "pay it forward" by making a donation to the Y Annual Campaign so others can benefit too. No gift is too small.
How does the Y determine how much financial assistance I can receive?
We rely on a sliding fee scale, which considers household income and size. We review circumstances like medical expenses and unemployment.
Would you like to learn more about your Y membership? Our member handbook provides a great overview and will answer many of your questions.