Financial Assistance

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Financial Assistance

As a nonprofit, community-building charity, we strive to make our camps, programs and membership widely affordable and accessible to all, regardless of ability to pay. Each year, more than $2.5 million in financial assistance is provided to children, teens, families and adults through the YMCA of Delaware’s Open Doors Financial Assistance program. Open Doors provides a sliding fee scale that is designed to fit each individual’s financial situation giving everyone access to the YMCA.

How to Apply for Financial Assistance

Financial aid is available for all camper sessions, family camp, and retreat groups.

Click here to complete Financial Assistance application

To process your application, we will need the following information for all adults in the household to verify household income (as applies):

  • Copy of last years tax return (We need the 1040 Federal Tax Return, we do not accept W2 forms)
  • Copy of last two pay stubs
  • Copy of social security or disability checks (or copy of bank statement showing amount of automatic monthly deposit).
  • Copy of retirement/pension income
  • Copy of child support
  • Copy of state assistance, including food stamps
  • Copy of unemployment checks

NOTE: If you do not have a copy of your tax return, you may obtain one by calling the Internal Revenue Service (1-800-829-1040). If you did not file taxes last year, or you don’t have the other documents required, please submit a letter explaining your personal situation. You may be contacted by the Business Office.

Please allow 14 days to process your application. Once your application has been processed, an agreement letter outlining your financial assistance will be mailed to you.

Questions: Email Marisa Raffaele at [email protected].

The YMCA requires that individuals reapply annually, or when requested, to keep the information on their application updated. The ability of the YMCA to respond to requests for assistance is dependent upon the success of fundraising projects and the current operating financial situation. Financial assistance rarely covers 100% of the total membership or program fee.

Your fees are subject to increase when you reapply. If you do not reapply when requested, your enrollment may be terminated.