Financial Assistance


Approved by the YMCA Board of Directors


The Darien YMCA strives to serve everyone in the community, regardless of individual economic circumstances. Financial assistance is made possible through the generous contributions of individual donors, foundations, and corporate sponsors.


Financial assistance is based on family income, number of household members and the availability of YMCA funds.

Adults applying for financial assistance for an adult membership at the Darien YMCA, who live in another YMCA service area, are expected to apply to their YMCA first. If an applicant can demonstrate that his or her application for financial assistance has been denied by another YMCA, the Darien YMCA will consider each out of town adult application on an as needed basis.

The Darien Y reserves the right to request proof of residence for applicants and family members.

How To Apply

A Financial Assistance application may be downloaded above. Hard copies are also available for pick up at the front desk. The application process is confidential and requires proof of financial need.

The form must be completed in full and accompanied by the required documentation. This includes a copy of your most recent Federal Income Tax Return, W-2(s) and/or 1099(s), last three pay stubs and last two bank statements. If you did not file a tax return, please indicate and explain.

Please explain extenuating circumstances and, if applicable, include any social security or disability statements, child support/alimony payments.

Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Financial Assistance for youth will be limited to one program per family member per session, with the exception of Kid’s Club, Holly Pond School, and Camp.

Membership is a requirement for Kids Club, Holly Pond School, Gymnastics and Piranha swim teams but not for most other programs. If you request and are approved for membership assistance, please ensure that you fully understand our membership terms and agreements.

Financial assistance will expire within 12 months, you must re-apply on a yearly basis.

Application Process

Applications and income verification should be submitted via our secure uploader button below. Hard copies can be mailed to:

Vanessa Ortega
Accounting and Payroll Specialist
Darien YMCA
2420 Post Road
Darien, CT 06820
203-655-8228 x1310

A completed application may take up to 20 business days to process.

You will be notified when your application has been processed. If approved, you will be sent an approval letter with further instructions. Please do not register for your desired program/s before receiving this approval letter. Assistance discounts are not applied to existing registrations.

Note that your financial assistance award and/or membership status do not guarantee you a spot in any program. Registration availability is based on the Darien YMCA's program/camp and school registration calendars. Please submit your assistance application prior to the start of the registration period for your desired program.

Helpful Links:

To register for additional classes or programs within your scholarship year, please complete a “Request for Additional Programs” form and send in to the Front Desk, Attention: Vanessa Ortega. You may download a copy below or pick up the form at the front desk.

Download the Financial Assistance Application above and upload your COMPLETED application with supporting documents below.