Who is eligible to receive financial assistance?
Assistance is available to anyone who resides or works within the Madison Area YMCA service area who can provide proof of financial need whether it is due to low income, recent unemployment or downsizing, disability, divorce, etc. Applicants who live outside our service area must first attempt to apply for assistance at the YMCA that serves their area. If rejected, then the Madison Area YMCA will consider your application. (Proof of prior rejection required).
How much financial assistance will I receive?
The YMCA uses a sliding scale based on the NJ Department of Labor gross median income table. Percentages of assistance are determined based on your family size and total household income. Special circumstances and expenses may also be taken into consideration when determining an award. We do ask that everyone pay something.
What programs does the assistance cover?
Financial assistance can be applied to any program held at the Family Center. Some restrictions do apply for special services like massage, personal training, special trips, and summer camp fees. This financial assistance is applicable to programs and services at the Family Center and are not applicable to childcare fees and programs at the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center. If you are interested in assistance for child care, you must apply through the Kirby Center.
How can I receive assistance for childcare fees?
A separate fund is available at the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center to cover childcare program expenses. Please call or apply in person.
How long will the assistance last?
The length of an award depends on your circumstances. Under normal circumstances, your assistance usually lasts 1 year from the time you begin your membership. Awards are not renewed. Participants must re-apply to the Financial Assistance Program prior to their renewal date.
Who will see my application and financial information?
Your application and financial information are kept in absolute confidence. The original applications are shredded after your award has been determined. (Documents provided for proof of income cannot be returned. Please do not send originals.)
Can I do anything in re-payment for this assistance?
No one is obligated to give anything in return for this assistance. However, if you wish, you can help raise money for the Y Cares Program by volunteering in the Development Office.
For more information on financial assistance, please contact the Welcome Center at 973-822-YMCA.