Welcome to Rec Assist!

Applications for 2024 will be accepted starting Monday, Dec. 11. - Nov. 30, 2024.
Once we receive your application and support documents, a notification of your status will be sent to you within 10 business days. New in 2024, eligible applicants will receive $400 in Rec Assist placed on their account. Rec Assist 2024 is valid Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2024, or until the fund is depleted. Rec Assist funds are on a “first come, first served” basis. 


2 Easy Ways to Apply Today.

Download | Mail/Walk-In

For assistance in completing the application, see samples below:

Apply Online

3 Easy Steps

  1. Complete the Rec Assist online application form.
  2. Attach the required support documentation.
  3. Submit form.



What is Rec Assist?

Rec Assist is provided by Montgomery County Recreation to make financial assistance available to County residents who receive public assistance. The Rec Assist Fund subsidizes Recreation activity and membership fees so that eligible residents can pay reduced fees for these Recreation services.  Throughout the year, we offer hundreds of activities, memberships and passes for you to choose from and encourage you to register early.


How Does Rec Assist Work?

  • The Rec Assist Fund is available for up to 12 months, Jan. 1-  Dec. 31, or until the fund is depleted.
  • Rec Assist funds can only be applied to activities costing $25 or more.
  • A minimum 20 percent co-payment per activity or membership, per participant, is required at the time of registration.
  • Use of the Rec Assist Fund is available on a “first come, first served” based. You may use the amount on your account only until the Rec Assist Fund is used up.
  • Once the Rec Assist Fund is used up, you must pay full price for all registrations, even if you have not used the entire Rec Assist amount on your account.
  • The total amount that a family qualifies for will be placed on the family account and may only be used by eligible family members.
  • Applications will be processed and the amount of assistance for which you are eligible will be placed on your Recreation account within 10 business days of the date we receive your application. You may begin using Rec Assist funds to register on Jan. 1, 2024.

Am I Eligible for Rec Assist?

Montgomery County residents who currently receive public assistance from any of the following programs will receive $400 per eligible family member. No other programs or documentation will be accepted.

  • FARMS (Free and reduced meal services)
  • Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA)
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Housing Assistance from a Shelter
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Maryland Medicaid
  • Care for Kids
  • Maryland Energy Assistance
  • Montgomery County HHS Rental Assistance Program
  • WIC
  • Heat and Eat (H-EAT)

Any student who attends a  Montgomery County Public School participating in Community Eligibility Provision is eligible for Rec Assist. Proof of enrollment must be provided.

You may only use one type of assistance per applicant to qualify for Rec Assist funds. Rec Assist funds will be placed on qualifying individual's Recreation account for future use.


What's Covered? Where Can I Use Rec Assist?

The Rec Assist Fund may only be used for Montgomery County Recreation classes and programs like yoga, summer camps, swim lessons, sports, art, dance and more.

Rec Assist funds can be used towards a purchase of a swim pass. Family Pool Pass access includes two eligible parents and/or guardians, and up to four single legal dependent children under 21 years of age residing at the same address.
If you are purchasing a Family All Pool or Summer Pool Pass:

  • Only those family members who receive Rec Assist funds are eligible to be included on a Family All Pool or Summer Pool Pass.
  • In the case where only the children (under the age of 21) in a family receive Rec Assist funds, one non-qualifying parent and/or guardian (residing at the same address) will be added to the Family All Pool or Summer Pool Pass.
  • Only one swim punch pass per eligible family member, per calendar year, may be purchased using Rec Assist funds

Rec Assist funds cannot be used to pay for:

  • Any activity fees less than $25
  • As an adjustment of previous registrations
  • For a previous balance on your account 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
  • To purchase aquatic merchandise

What Documents Do I Need?

Sample Documents | English

The following are samples of required, original documents. No other documents will be accepted.  Insurance, SNAP, WIC and other member cards will not be accepted.

Sample Documents | Español