Financial Assistance

The YMCA of Delaware is a not-for-profit health and human services organization committed to helping people grow in spirit, mind, and body. The YMCA is here to serve people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and incomes. The Y is community-based and efforts are made to make its programs and services available to everyone. That’s why the YMCA offers an Open Doors Financial Assistance program. Open Doors provides a sliding fee scale that is designed to fit each individual’s financial situation.



Simply fill out the registration form online or visit your local Y. Incomplete applications will result in processing delays or application denial. Allow at least 15 days to process the application and check your inbox for e-mail approval.

TO PROCESS YOUR APPLICATION, we will need a copy of your current Federal Tax Return for all adults in the household to verify household income. Note: A W-2 form is not an approved substitute for the Federal Income Tax Return and will not be reviewed.

IF YOU DID NOT FILE TAXESYou will need to provide a Letter of Non-Filing from the IRS and at least 2 documents showing the last 30 days of income are required for all adults in the household. Acceptable forms of documentation include:

    i.   Social security/disability payments

    ii.  Pension and/or retirement income

    iii. State assistance

    iv.  Unemployment

    v.  Alimony/Child Support

To obtain a Letter of Non-Filing please visit or call (800) 908-9946.

Schedule C must be submitted with the Federal Tax Return and is required for approval.

The YMCA requires that individuals reapply when their membership expires, or when requested, to keep the information on their application updated. Financial assistance rarely covers 100% of the total membership or program fee. Your fees are subject to an increase when you reapply. If you do not reapply when requested, your enrollment may be canceled.

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