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Rec Assist (Financial Assistance)

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Welcome to the RecAssist! We are accepting applications for RecAssist 2019 which is valid from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.

Once received, we will review your application/documentation. An award letter will be sent to you in 10 business days informing you of the amount you are eligible to use towards payment for a Recreation activity or membership.


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

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 activitiy and membership fees so that eligible residents can pay reduced fees for these Recreation services.

How does RecAssist work?

There are several important new changes with the RecAssist Fund:

  • The current RecAssist Fund is available for 12 months – January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.
  • A minimum 20% co-payment per activity or membership, 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.
  • The total amount that a family qualifies for will be placed on the family account and may only be used by eligible family members.

How much RecAssist am I eligible to receive?

  • Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA)– will receive $300.00 per eligible family member
  • Supplemental Security Income - $300.00 per eligible family member
  • Housing Assistance from a Shelter - $300.00 per eligible family member
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (SNAP documentation must show the amount of monthly assistance received)
    • Those receiving $10.00 to $50.00 per month – will receive $50.00 per eligible family member
    • Those receiving $51.00 - $100.00 per month – will receive $100.00 per eligible family member
    • Those receiving $101.00 or more per month – will receive $150.00 per eligible family member
  • Maryland Medicaid - $150.00 per eligible family member
  • Care for Kids - $150.00 per eligible family member
  • Maryland Energy Assistance - $100.00 per family
  • Rental Assistance Program - $100.00 per family
  • WIC - $100.00 per family

You may only use one type of assistance to qualify for RecAssist funds.

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 lessons, sports, art, dance and many, many more. RecAssist 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 RecAssist 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 RecAssist 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 RecAssist funds

RecAssits funds cannot be useed to pay for:

  • As an adjustment of previous registrations
  • 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 or to purchase aquatic merchandise.

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
  • Supplemental Security Income (SNAP)
  • Medical Assistance
  • Care for Kids
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Housing Assistance from a Shelter
  • WIC

No other documentation will be accepted. The amount of RecAssist is based on the documentation you provide. Funds are placed on each qualifying individual's Recreation account 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 in mid-December. 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 RecAssist on January 1 of the new calendar year.

How do I apply for RecAssist?

  • Gather your documentation showing you are currently receiving public assistance from the types listed above.
  • Fill out the RecAssist application. To help complete your RecAssist form correctly, please click on the examples of completed forms below.
  • Submit your completed 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 9:30am and 4:00pm Monday - Friday, except on county holidays.

Allow 10 business days for your application to be processed. Please be sure you only submit copies of your documentation because we will not return any document. Qualifying applicants will receive an award letter in the mail in about two weeks.

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