Financial Assistance

For All

If you cannot afford the full cost of a YMCA program or membership, you may apply for financial assistance.  Financial assistance, to the extent possible, is available to those in need. All YMCA members and program participants receive the same benefits, regardless of scholarship assistance. 

What is YMCA financial assistance?

Through the generosity of YMCA contributors, our goal is to have sufficient funds to ensure our YMCA remains available to all. Thanks to our generous donors to our annual Share the Spirit Campaign, we are able to make the YMCA accessible through our Financial Assistance Program. These gifts provide scholarships for individuals and families who want and need YMCA programs and memberships but cannot afford them.

To learn more about how you can support the Pickens County YMCA’s Share the Spirit Campaign through a donation, click here.

Who is Eligibile for Financial Assistance?

The Pickens County YMCA is a not-for-profit agency serving the needs of our community.  Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

How long does it take to begin receiving financial assistance?

For Membership, Youth Sports and Aquatics programs, assistance is done on the spot when you come into the YMCA to sign up. For more information on income based membership, click here. For more information on income based Sports and Aquatics programs, click here.

For Afterschool (Holiday & Spring Break Camp) and Summer Day Camp you must fill out an application (found online on program page). After we receive your completed application and proper documentation, your eligibility will be determined by our administration based on a review of the applicant’s information.  You will be notified via email on whether or not you have been approved.

How is the amount of financial assistance determined?

Assistance is granted on the basis of financial need. We use a sliding fee scale based on total household income. We require supporting documentation to verify household size and income, and we consider special circumstances when providing assistance.

How do I apply?

• For Membership, Youth Sports and Aquatics programs simply bring in your most recent tax Form 1040, 1040a or 1040EZ. Our staff will walk you through the process and let you know how much your  rate will be at the Y.

• For Afterschool (Holiday & Spring Break Camp) and Summer Day Camp you must complete an online financial assistance application. Application deadlines can be found on the program specific webpage.

 Applicants must complete all sections of the Financial Assistance Application.
     Please do not leave any questions blank.
     Documentation from all sources of income must be provided.

     Please see the application for required documents.
     Your Financial Assistance Application cannot be processed without supporting documentation.
     If you submit an incomplete application it will not be considered for assistance.  

Financial Assistance is only applicable at the below branches:

Easley YMCA: 201 Burns Road, Easley, SC  29640
Pickens YMCA: 2223 Gentry Memorial Hwy., Pickens, SC  29671
Powdersville YMCA: 9115 Hwy 81 North, Piedmont, SC 29673      

How long does my financial assistance last?

  • Membership rates are good for two years. You will receive a renewal letter before the year ends that notifies you of this.
  • Programs vary. Please ask when the financial assistance expires when you receive your initial rate.

How is confidential information handled?

Only YMCA staff will see your application.  Applications are kept confidential and are not used for any other purpose than to assess program needs.

The YMCA believes that a sense of ownership and pride is developed if the member contributes to the cost of his/her involvement. Therefore, all financial assistance recipients will pay a percentage of the membership and program fees.