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Financial Assistance Information

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The City of Greenbelt, an inclusive community, recognizes the fact that some Greenbelt residents may require financial assistance in order to participate in certain recreational activities that are offered through the Greenbelt Recreation. As a result, the Financial Assistance program is available to provide eligible Greenbelt Residents access to participate in our programs at a reduced fee. 

Greenbelt Residents must provide proof of residency as required. A MD Identification Card, MD Driver's License, MVA change of address card, or a current signed lease are acceptable forms. 

Financial Assistance Application Requirements

  1. Reduction of fees is limited to City of Greenbelt Residents. Address verification via driver license, MVA change of address card, or current signed lease, is required. Funding is limited. Reduced rates are awarded on a first come, first served and space available basis.

  2. The signature on the financial assistance application form is an agreement that parent/participant will pay the required reduced amount for the program or request a refund of the deposit before the program begins.

  3. Financial assistance applications must be completed in full for consideration. All required verification of income and information lines must be filled in completely and accurately.

  4. Verification of income is needed on a yearly basis. Fall is the first season of each fiscal year. Reduced rate is reviewed at this time each year and may change each fall.

  5. Applicant is required to update financial assistance application information if financial and/or family status changes.

  6. Income guidelines are expected to change occasionally.  Each application is reviewed on its own merits and approved and/or denied based on the information provided. 

  7. Only one request per individual/per season up to $250 per person and an annual maximum of $1,000 per family is permitted. 

  8. It is recommended you make a 10% deposit to hold a space in a program while the application is being reviewed. NOTE: This does not guarantee funding, eligibility for a reduced rate, nor approval of paperwork provided; it merely holds a space in the program during the process. 

  9. Programs MUST be paid in full at the reduced rate before the start date of the program or the participant will not be permitted to attend. Continual late payments may cause the reduction to be revoked or result in being removed from the program. 

  10. If financial assistance is awarded, the recipient must NOT claim the financial assistance payments as part of their yearly Child and Dependent Care Expenses on their tax returns.

  11. The term fee refers to an established user fee. This includes camps, classes, Aquatic and Fitness Center membership or other programs where the total fee exceeds $45.00 per individual. Aquatic and Fitness Center passes are limited to a maximum of 50% reduction.

  12. Award is by percentage rate – uneven dollar amounts are rounded up to the nearest dollar. Some programs may have a maximum dollar limit. Any program promoted/advertised by the City that is run/sponsored by another organization is NOT covered by this policy (i.e. Boys and Girls Club, SAGE). Other exceptions may occur as new programs and opportunities are offered through the City.

  13. When applying for family scholarship monies, please list all dependent family members as defined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) residing in the home, their relationship to the applicant, and their monthly income.

  14. An adult, age 18 or over, must list his/her income, unless they are considered a dependent as defined by the IRS.

  15. Foster parents who receive monthly funds allotted for the care of children who are wards of the state (the Washington Metropolitan area) are not eligible to apply for fee assistance on behalf of the foster child. The foster parent and the agency that is responsible for the welfare of the child (i.e. Department of Human Services, Social Services, Helping Children Grow, etc.) will be responsible for the total payment of all program fees. Note: The foster care monthly fees will not be considered part of the household income when applying for fee reduction for other household members.

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