An Organization For All

The YMCA is a nonprofit organization that works to strengthen the foundations of community through programs that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Thanks to the generous support of those who donate to the Y’s Community Support Campaign and our fundraising events, we do our best to offer financial assistance to those who cannot afford the full fee and who qualify for assistance. We allocate many more dollars each year than we fundraise in order to support our community members to the best of our ability.


Financial Assistance for Membership and Non-childcare Programs


Financial Assistance for Childcare Programs

Families applying for financial assistance for preschool, K-5th or summer day camp must first apply for CCAP (Colorado Child Care Assistance Program), DFS (Cheyenne) and STRIDE (Cheyenne) before applying for YMCA financial assistance.



Please review the application for information, including a list of required documentation. After reviewing the application and reading the FAQs, please contact the Business Office if you have questions.

We have an unpublished income scale as a base for determination. However, attaining YMCA financial assistance is based on a variety of variables such as income, family needs, individual and emergency situations, availability of funds and cost of programs.

Criteria may vary based on the cost to implement each program. Programs offered at the YMCA by outside organizations are not covered by financial assistance. You will find the full fees of each program on our website. It is important for you to know the full fee of the membership/program you are requesting as this information is required on the application.

Financial assistance applications are held in complete confidence and are seen only by YMCA staff. Financial assistance recipients receive the same quality of service as those who are not on financial assistance. We want to impact as many community members as possible; therefore, the number of programs allocated to each applicant may be limited depending on the availability of funds.

Assistance is generally granted for specific programs and/or a specific time period. It is important that you re-apply for financial assistance one month prior to expiration to avoid the auto renew at full price. If you are unsure of your expiration date, please contact the Business Office.

You will get the quickest response if you apply for financial assistance online. If that is not possible, you may drop your application off at the Boulder, Johnstown, Lafayette, Cheyenne, Loveland or Longmont facilities. If you are applying for an after-school or summer day camp program at your school, applying online is encouraged. You may turn in your information to the director at your site.

If you are hoping to receive a scholarship for membership or other YMCA activities, you will still need to apply for financial assistance. Please include your authorization letter as one of your supporting documents. However, many families in our childcare programs are eligible for a free family membership, which includes discounts for many Y programs.

YMCA volunteers are involved in educational tutoring, clerical assistance and event planning; they even lend a hand as youth sports coaches and with facility maintenance. Some volunteers have special talents or skills that they provide for the Y. As a nonprofit organization, the YMCA is grateful to the hundreds of community volunteers who help out in many ways each day.

We understand that this is a challenging time for you and your family. When you get through this tough time, our hope is that you will give back to the YMCA through volunteering your time or donating to the Y, so we can continue to support others who may be going through a difficult time. Most of the community members who donate to our financial assistance funds do so because they have had an impactful experience with the YMCA and many have benefited from our financial assistance fund as well. Spreading your story of the impact the Y has had on you, doing a mini fundraiser for our Community Support Campaign at your place of work, sharing the wonderful programs we offer and volunteering your time and talent are a few ways you can give back — once you are back on your feet. 

Has the Y Made an Impact on Your Life?

The YMCA encourages financial assistance recipients to share how the Y has been of help to them. These personal stories help our supporters understand how impactful their contributions are, and they encourage prospective donors to become involved.