Financial Assistance

YMCA Financial Assistance for Membership

The Y is for people of all genders, faiths, races, abilities, ages, and incomes. We believe in providing membership and program services to all who desire to participate. Thanks to the Metropolitan YMCAs of Mississippi Annual Support Campaign, financial assistance is available for those in need within our available resources.

What is the Financial Assistance Program?
The Metropolitan YMCA of Mississippi’s Financial Assistance Program provides families in need with financial support to participate in the Y’s membership and program activities.

How is the financial assistance amount determined?
We have a sliding fee scale, based on total household income which assists in determining the amount of assistance.

How long does the financial assistance continue?
The need for financial assistance continues for 12 months and is reassessed based on individual situations.

How is confidential information handled?
Only you and any assisting Y staff will have knowledge of the financial assistance application.

How quickly can I expect to receive financial assistance?
This will depend on how quickly you complete the Financial Assistance Application, gather the requested documents, and turn in the application to the YMCA. After the financial assistance representative receives the information, you will receive a call within a week to ten days.

How do I apply?
 1) Complete the confidential application form. Please remember to include required documentation. (Most recent 1040 tax return and one months’ proof of income for all adults in household.)

 2) For membership financial assistance, submit the completed form to your branch's Welcome Center staff. For program financial assistance, submit the completed form to the program director. 

May I do anything in return for this assistance?
Yes! The YMCA is a volunteer organization, and children and adults are encouraged to volunteer to help earn assistance. Also, our donors appreciate knowing how their contributions are used, so submitting a short note about how you have benefited from the Financial Assistance Program would be appreciated.