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Within the available resources of the organization, YMCA Buffalo Niagara will provide services to any youth, senior, adult or family who desires to participate and understands the benefits of the YMCA, regardless of their ability to pay the full membership and/or program fee.

Those not able to pay the full fee may be awarded partial financial assistance based on their demonstrated need and the YMCA’s ability to fund the subsidy. 

YMCA Buffalo Niagara’s financial assistance program is supported by contributions to our annual campaign and United Way.

Financial assistance is granted on the basis of demonstrated financial need resulting from low income, emergency expenses, or other circumstances which inhibit an individual’s ability to pay the full fee. Download the financial assistance checklist.

The YMCA believes that a strong sense of ownership and pride is developed if the financial assistance recipient contributes to the cost of the YMCA involvement. Therefore, the maximum financial assistance award available is 65%.

Recipients of Department of Social Services awards, for SACC and Day Camp program services, are not eligible for financial assistance.

Financial assistance is determined based on a thorough review of the application and all supporting documentation, and a personal interview with the applicant. The YMCA utilizes a sliding scale based on the Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and D.C. (Number of Family Members and Poverty Level Income Threshold by Size and Family)

YMCA Buffalo Niagara is able to grant financial assistance only to the extent that funds are available. The YMCA reserves the right to refuse assistance to any applicant.


Applications are available online or at any YMCA Buffalo Niagara branch location.

Proof of income must be submitted with the application in order for the application to be processed.

YMCA program directors collect and review the applications. Applications are then submitted to the Branch Executive for final approval.

Financial assistance award notification is provided to the applicant within two weeks.

The percent award is good for one year from the date of award. (Example: If a recipient receives a 40% scholarship, that award will be used for any programs and/or membership at any branch location.)

Financial assistance scholarship awards will be made by YMCA professional staff only. All awards will be based on the YMCA guidelines.

All applications and supporting documents are kept confidential in a secured location. Information provided is used for no other purpose than to assess your scholarship needs.

Only YMCA professional staff members will have access to your records. This includes the branch program director(s), branch executive director and association financial development director.

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