Financial Assistance

The YMCA is for everyone. As part of the larger national Y nonprofit, the Y of Greater Louisville is a not-for-profit organization committed to helping people reach their full potential in spirit, mind and body. We are here to serve people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and incomes. That's why we offer financial assistance through a sliding fee scale that is designed to fit each individual's financial situation.

Financial Assistance

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The funds available for financial assistance are made possible through the generosity of our members and donors in our YMCA Annual Campaign. We believe a strong sense of ownership and pride strengthens if the recipient has contributed to the cost of their Y involvement, so applicants are asked to pay some portion of the fees.

If you know which financial assistance offering you're looking for, you can select from the list below and go directly to that section.

Download an Application

The Y works to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation's well-being and give back and support our neighbors. Because of our annual giving campaign, we're able to offer assistance to those in need so they can experience our child care programs, Y facility memberships, youth sports and other Y programs. Financial assistance is based on a sliding scale. Applicants that qualify for 4-C subsidy assistance must use that in lieu of Y assistance.

Applications must be complete and have all required supplementary documentation in order to be processed. Completed applications will be processed within 7-10 business days. Approval letters will be sent via email or mail. Renewals must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the expiration date or you will be responsible for the full fee.

  • Membership and Programs

    If you are interested in applying for Financial Assistance for Membership or Programs, please stop by your local YMCA branch or call 502-587-9622 and request a confidential application.

    You will be asked to provide the following documents:

    • of the most recent 1040 Tax Return for all adults (above age of 25) in the household. If you do not file taxes, you may obtain an IRS transcript by calling the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-829-1040 or go to
    • Security Award Letter(s) or Disability Letter(s), in lieu of Tax Return.
    • Photo ID

3-C and Third-Party Subsidies for Child Care

YMCA school-age child care is licensed by the state and accepts 3-C subsidies and other third-party subsidy payments. 3-C certificates for the correct site must be received prior to the child's start date, and required signatures must be secured within 10 days of the date certificate is issued in order to be valid. Parents are responsible for co-pays based on our 5 day rate system. Full fees will be due immediately for certificates that are expired, terminated or invalid.

Childcare Financial Assistance Contact Information

School-Age Child Care Financial Assistance

Childcare Financial Assistance Contact

Please direct financial assistance applications for child care programs and other subsidy inquiries to:

Bullitt County:

Bullitt County YMCA
409 Joe B. Hall Avenue
Shepherdsville, KY 40165

Jefferson County:
Sarah Grider
2411 Bowman Avenue
Louisville, KY 40217

YMCA Camp Piomingo Financial Assistance

At the YMCA's Camp Piomingo, we offer income-based sliding scale scholarships. These scholarships are based on your family’s income, and funds are limited.

Note: Scholarships and fee reductions apply only to summer overnight camps and may be limited.

Y-USA is a Top Charity

The American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP), which helps donors make informed giving decisions, has awarded YMCA of the USA an "A" in its most recent ratings. AIP gave the Armed Services YMCA an "A-" grade. Y-USA is one of only two national human services charities to receive an "A" grade or better. The Armed Services YMCA is one of just four veterans and military charities to receive an "A-" grade or better. AIP bases its grades on two factors: 1) how much it costs an organization to raise 0 in public contributions and 2) the percentage of an organization's total expenses spent on services.