P.L.A.Y. (Private Leisure Assistance for Youth) applications are available HERE, or at Columbus Recreation and Parks Community Centers. (Proof of Eligibility must be submitted with your application.)
P.L.A.Y. grants are available to financially-challenged families with children 18 years and younger who want to participate in any fee-based program (excluding sports leagues) offered through Columbus Recreation and Parks. If eligibility requirements are met, P.L.A.Y. will assist with a portion of the cost of the program.
P.L.A.Y. will fund one class per session for each eligible participant up to a maximum of $20.00. The applicant will be responsible for any fees above and beyond this amount and will need to be paid at the class site. This level of support is subject to change on an annual basis.
P.L.A.Y. For Summer Camps
P.L.A.Y. will fund one week of Summer Camp for each eligible participant up to a maximum amount of $85.00. The applicant will be responsible for any fees above and beyond this amount and will need to be paid at the class site. This level of support is subject to change in the future.
P.L.A.Y. Summer Camp applications are available HERE or at any Columbus Recreation and Parks Community Centers.
(Proof of Eligibility must be submitted with your application.)
All regular recreation classes held during the Summer Session will be subjected to the $20.00 limitations, and this level of support may change in the future.
An approved P.L.A.Y. application does not guarantee registration in a program. Applicants must still go through the site's specific registration process. Copies of the applications and proof of eligibility must be sent with the application.
Proof of Eligibility
Applicants only need to meet one of the three methods to qualify. The completed P.L.A.Y. application and proof of eligibility should be submitted when registering for a class.
- a copy of current Medicaid / Care Source Card/ Molina Card
- a copy of current ADC card
- a copy of the most recent federal income tax return scale based on HUD Section 8 Guidelines* (Chart Below)
*Gross adjusted Income must be less than, or equal to the amounts below to certify eligibility. The Gross Adjusted Income must be shown on the most recent Federal Income Tax Return.
|Dependents Claimed and Gross Adjusted Income
|1 - $26,050
|2 - $29,800
|3 - $33,500
|4 - $37,200
|5 - $40,200
|6 - $43,200
|7 - $46,150
|8 - $49,150
The above Section 8 Guidelines (Housing and Urban Development) are effective as of April 14, 2017.
P.L.A.Y. does not pay for the CM Lee Fitness Program. Any additional fee balances beyond the specified maximum amount will be the responsibility of the applicant.
For further information/questions regarding P.L.A.Y. visit your closest Columbus Recreation and Parks Community Center or email ColumbusRecParks@columbus.gov
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