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YMCA Receives Grant to Provide Community Assistance

Grant to Provide Emergency Funding for Those in Need

Most everyone at some time in their life will struggle to make ends meet. Through a grant, the YMCA of Greater Rochester is stepping in to help. This is an exciting, new opportunity that will directly support some of the most immediate needs in our community. This grant will allow the Y to provide a one-time distribution of assistance to those in Monroe County.

How to Apply

Applicants can fill out an application here, including their job status, income and urgency of need. They will then submit it to or mail to 444 East Main Street, Rochester, NY 14604.

If approved, payments will be made directly to the service provider, not to individual requester. Applicants must provide contact of service provider. The YMCA will work with the provider to arrange payment through check or credit card.

Funds will be allocated through July 31, 2020 on a first-come, first-served basis. There is one transaction per requester. Assistance is not guaranteed.

Who Can Apply

Monroe County residents, 18 years of age or older, can apply for community assistance to help with basic everyday life expenses and emergency needs.  Photo ID, proof of address and proof of income are necessary.

Staff of the YMCA of Greater Rochester can apply as long as the first two requirements are met. All requests are confidential.

What Funding CAN Be Used for

Funding can be used for a variety of items and reasons, including but not limited to:

Groceries Clothing Utilities
Baby Formula Baby Equipment Diapers
Car Repair Tickets/Fines Appliances
Child Care Home Repair Grooming
Cell Phone/Cell Phone Bill Personal Hygiene Products Work Uniforms/Shoes
Furniture Medication/Medical Equipment School/Child Care Transportation
Home Modification Due to Disability Medical Transportation Work Transportation
Child Extracurricular Activity School Supplies/Textbooks Documentation/Identification
Certifications for Employment Burial Costs

Holiday assistance, such as gifts, is excluded.

Should an applicant need immediate assistance, contact 211. Representatives will then support individuals by directing them to the right program to discuss needs, working directly with a case manager to identify solutions.


Please reach out to for any questions regarding Community Assistance and the application process.