The YMCA of Greater Rochester believes that no one should be denied membership or participation in a program because of the inability to pay. With our Financial Assistance Program, we are able to make sure those who want to participate are able to do so.

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  1. Download the Financial Assistance Application below
  2. Complete the application
  3. Hand in completed application with all required financial documents to the Member Service Desk at your local Y
  4. If you have any questions, please fill out the form below to get in touch with a Financial Assistance Representative


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More about Financial Assistance at the Y

Financial Assistance is

Financial Assistance provides individuals and families in need with the financial support to access to Y membership and program activities.


How the Financial Assistance Program works

Financial Assistance is granted on available resources. We use a sliding fee scale that is based on total household income, number of dependents, and special needs or circumstances to help determine the amount of assistance given. Financial Assistance is provided on a one-year basis.


How to apply for Financial Assistance

You can apply in person or online. Once your application is complete, you will need to make an appointment with a branch Financial Assistance representative, and bring your form and all the requested documents. You can expect to be contacted within one week regarding the status of your application.


How long Financial Assistance continues

Financial Assistance is reassessed every year. You must reapply with new and/or updated forms. Membership participants must contact staff for evaluation 30-days prior to expiration and reapply every year, even if it is a renewal.

Additional assistance may be given based on the length of a program or session. Scholarships must be approved prior to program registration and does not guarantee you a spot in a program.

All participants are expected to notify the Y staff handling Financial Assistance if their financial situation changes.


Confidential information

Everything about the Financial Assistance Program is kept confidential. The only people who will have any knowledge of your participation in the program are you, the branch staff responsible and, if a program participant, the Director of the program you participate in.


Available at all YMCA of Greater Rochester branches

Financial Assistance is available at every branch, but subsidies are branch specific, and unable to be transferred from one branch to another. You must turn in your Financial Assistance application at the branch where your membership is based.