The Fergus Falls Area Family YMCA is a not-for-profit community service organization dedicated to enhancing the spirit, mind and body of all persons through quality leadership, programs, services and facilities. The YMCA serves people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and incomes. Founded and supported by its community, the YMCA wants all of its programs and services to be accessible to everyone in the community. That’s why the Fergus Falls Area Family YMCA offers Financial Assistance.

What is Financial Assistance?

Exactly what it suggests-it’s Financial Assistance to the YMCA. The Financial Assistance program is an income-based rate scale that is designed so that all people will have access to the programs and services of the YMCA, regardless of income. The Financial Assistance program is made possible by generous and philanthropic individuals, businesses, and community members who contribute to the Y's Annual Giving Campaign each year to assist individuals or families with their membership. 

The Financial Assistance program has been developed for individuals or families in what would be considered a crisis situation. A “crisis situation” would include: a disability, medical referral, rehabilitation, a family situation, extremely low income or any other special circumstance where assistance is needed.

What will I have to pay?

All assistance is based on a sliding scale that takes into consideration your gross household income, number of dependents, and living expenses. Everyone is asked to pay a portion of the membership fees. Programs such as child care, swimming lessons, youth sports, and such are eligible for up to 50% off the fee. Additional fees for programs or service are the individual or families’ responsibility.

How do I apply for assistance?

  • Complete the Financial Assistance Application (which can be printed from this link or picked up at the YMCA)
  • Provide the following required documentation
    • A photocopy of your most recent Federal Income Tax Return
    • Photocopies of your 3 most recent pay stubs
    • Documentation for all of the categories for ANY and ALL  assistance that you or your family members living in the household receive:
      • SSI
      • SSD
      • Unemployment
      • General Assistance
      • Food Stamps
      • WIC
      • Medicaid/Medicare
      • Alimony
      • Veteran’s Benefit, etc. 
  • Return the completed application and supporting documentation to the YMCA for review. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and can take up to 3 weeks for approval. You will receive a notification of your status via USPS mail.

The first step to acquiring assistance is to fill out the Financial Assistance Application, which you can download from this website, or pick up at our front desk. We require that all applicants submit verification of their income with the completed application. Completed applications may be submitted to the Fergus Falls Area Family YMCA.

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