YMCA Financial Assistance

YMCA of Greater Des Moines, Financial Assistance Program

The YMCA of Greater Des Moines is committed to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. To that end, the Y provides financial assistance for those who may not be able to afford the full cost of programs and services. By offering financial assistance, our programs can be accessible to individuals and families at all income levels without maintaining a fee structure that is artificially low or that compromises program quality.

Our financial assistance program is made possible through the generous donations of Y members, community members and local businesses. It is through these gifts that we are able to make the Y accessible to all.

In order to apply for financial assistance, you must schedule an appointment with a Membership Specialist at the branch you wish to join by calling, emailing or stopping by; please see contact information below. The estimated award is subject to the accuracy of the information you provide on your financial assistance application and income verification and does not incorporate any special circumstances which are reviewed after you officially apply for assistance.


How is financial assistance applied to my YMCA swim team account?

After completion of swim team registration for each season, each family must send an email to Jennifer Van Meter with the family name, swimmer/swimmers names and their practice site location.

Swimmer accounts will be verified with their practice site Y regarding the amount of financial assistance awarded. Please note, the registration process does require the first month is paid in full. If you are receiving financial assistance from the YMCA, your account will receive a monthly credit for the appropriate amount of assistance; including the first month.