What is financial assistance?
The Streator Family YMCA believes in providing membership and program services to all who desire to participate. The YMCA’s financial assistance program, supported by our annual community support campaign and through the United Way, uses all available resources to provide support to those who have financial need and qualify for assistance.
Who is eligible for financial assistance?
Anyone may apply for financial assistance who lives or works in our service area. Approval of the application is made on an individual basis.
Is it possible to join the YMCA for free?
The YMCA believes a strong sense of ownership and pride is developed when the financial assistance recipient contributes to the cost of their YMCA involvement. Therefore, applicants will be asked to pay a portion of the fee for the requested service.
How will the financial assistance amount be determined and how quickly can I expect to receive financial assistance?
Scholarships are determined on an individual basis using a sliding-fee scale based on total household income and number of dependents. The scale assists us in determining the amount of scholarship awarded and its applicable time frame. Once the financial assistance application and required documents have been submitted, we will contact you within four weeks to share the outcome of your application.
How long will the financial assistance continue?
Need for financial assistance for memberships will last 1 year before you will need to re-apply. For programming, financial assistance is on a program by program basis.
Who will be reviewing my application?
Staff will review your application. All information is handled confidentially.
Download the financial assistance application here.