Thank you for your interest in Financial Assistance with the
YMCA of the Palouse! 

As a licensed child care facility, the Y is able to accept payments from the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) once the Y receives state approval. However, for those families who are not eligible for DSHS assistance, we provide Financial Assistance through the Y itself. Please see below for some FAQs and the application. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 509-332-3524!


Does the Y offer Financial Assistance?
Yes. We offer Financial Assistance for our Elementary After School program, and for our Spring Break and Summer Day Camps. Our Special Olympics of Whitman County and Special Olympics Young Athletes programs are free for participants.

How do I apply?
You must turn in a complete Financial Assistance Application form that is available in the resources section below. We will also need to include the below documentation. If you are unable to supply complete documentation, this does not automatically disqualify you from Financial Assistance. Contact Director of Programs, Zac Brown, at, for additional information.
  • Most recent annual earnings statement (1040)
  • Most recent income statement from all household contributors
  • Documentation that other financial assistance was attempted (DSHS denial letter, student financial aid award notice/denial, letter from social services agent, etc.)
  • Official schedule of activities occuring during the hours that you need care for your child.
  • A typed, one-page letter documenting family circumstances, need for Financial Assistance, and schedule of parents or guardians that prove need for childcare.
Include as much information and documentation as is accessible in order to provide a detailed account. 
Are there any other requirements?
We ask that our families receiving assistance submit a story about how the YMCA of the Palouse has impacted your family. Our goal is to highlight how the Y strengthens our community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Your Y story can be completely anonymous, and does not necessarily need to focus on receiving Financial Assistance. Please click this link to share your story.

Does my family qualify?
The YMCA of the Palouse has no cut-off point for Financial Assistance. We encourage everyone to apply rather than assuming you will not qualify. We wish to be as inclusive as possible to serve the Palouse community, and not exclude any child from our programs.
Should I apply for assistance before I register for the programs?
No, the Y will not be able to consider your family for Financial Assistance without the accompanying registration forms.
Who should I contact with more questions?
Call 509.332.3524 and speak to our Director of Programs Zac Brown, or email



Financial Assistance Application