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Rec Assist (Financial Assistance)

 

Dear Residents:

We are accepting applications for the current 2014 RecAssist program: January 1 through December 31, 2014. Once received, we will review your application/documentation and send you a letter informing you of the amount you are elegible to use towards payment for a Recreation class or activity.

It's important to remember that RecAssist funds are on a “first come, first served” basis. We offer hundreds of classes and activities for you to choose from and encourage you to register early!

RecAssist (Financial Assistance) Forms

English - RecAssist (Financial Assistance) Form
Spanish - RecAssist (Solicitud de Fondos) Form

General Information About RecAssist (Financial Assistance)

What is the RecAssist Fund?
The RecAssist Fund is provided by Montgomery County Recreation to make financial assistance available to County residents who receive public assistance. The RecAssist Fund subsidizes Recreation program fees so that eligible residents can pay reduced fees for Recreation programs.

 

How is RecAssist different from the old Financial Assistance Subsidy Program?
There are several important new changes with the RecAssist Fund:

  • The RecAssist Fund is available for 12 months – January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.
  • A 15% co-payment per class or program, per participant, is required at the time of registration.
  • Use of the RecAssist Fund is available on a “first come, first served” based. You may use the amount on your account only until the RecAssist Fund is used up.
  • Once the RecAssist Fund is used up, you must pay full price for all registrations, even if you have not used the entire RecAssist amount on your account.

     

What can I use RecAssist for?
The RecAssist Fund may only be used for Montgomery County Recreation classes and programs like yoga, summer camps, swim lesson, sports, art, dance and many, many more.


RecAssist amounts not used will be removed from your account on December 31, 2014 or when the RecAssist Fund is depleted. If the RecAssist fund is depleted before December 31, 2014 funds placed on your acccount will no longer be avaliable. All requests for withdrawal from a class or program must be submitted in writing.


RecAssist is NOT eligible to use for:

  • Sports team leagues fees
  • Facility rentals
  • Recreation Gift Cards
  • Daily pool admissions
  • Supplemental fees including, security deposits, withdrawal fees, materials fees, late pick-up fees or to purchase aquatic merchandise.
  • A previous balance on your account
  • As an adjustment of previous registrations


How do I know if I’m eligible for RecAssist?
You are eligible to receive RecAssist when you show proof that you are currently receiving one of the following:

  • Temporary Cash Assistance
  • Food Stamps
  • Medical Assistance
  • Care for Kids
  • Supplemental Security Income.


No other documentation will be accepted. The amount of RecAssist placed on your Recreation account is based on the number of family members your documentation shows who are currently receiving assistance.


When Can I Apply for RecAssist?
RecAssist financial assistance applications will be available online and at Recreation's Administration Office beginning December 2, 2013. Your applications will be processed and the amount for which you are eligible will be placed on your Recreation account approximately two weeks after the day we receive your application.


Please remember there is no rush to apply. December 2 is the first day we are accepting applications, but we will continue to process RecAssist applications throughout the year. You may begin using approved funds January 1, 2014.


How do I apply for RecAssist?

  • Gather your documentation showing you are currently receiving at least one of the public assistance listed above.
  • Fill out the RecAssist application.
  • Submit your complete application and copies of your documentation to Recreation.


Your completed application and documentation may be submitted by fax, by mail or walked-in to our Administration Office.

  • To send by fax – the number is 240-777-6818.
  • If you prefer to mail or walk-in your application and documentation, the Recreation Administration Office is located at 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring, 20902.  Walk in applications will be accepted between 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday-Friday, except on County holidays.


Please be sure you only submit copies of your documentation because we will not return any document. Qualifying applicants will receive a receipt in the mail in about ten days. If you supply an email address on your application, Recreation can email your receipt for faster service.