Financial Assistance


The PLAY Scholarship Fund was created because the City of Columbus believes all kids deserve the chance to play regardless of ability to pay. Financially-challenged families with children 18 years and younger can apply for a PLAY scholarship for any fee-based program offered through Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.

PLAY scholarships can be used to cover the cost of one week of summer camp, per eligible participant, up to $90 or a portion of the fees for one class. Campers are allowed only one PLAY scholarship per session. PLAY scholarships do not apply to CRPD Fitness Camp.

A completed PLAY application and proof of eligibility should be submitted when registering for camp or class. Please keep in mind that camp and class sizes are limited.

Proof of Eligibility

  • Copy of current Medicaid, CareSource or Molina insurance card
  • Copy of current EPPICard
  • Copy of the most recent federal income tax return (scale based upon HUD Section 8 guidelines)

Eligible PLAY applicants will need a coupon code to register for camps online. To receive the code, please submit your PLAY application and proof of eligibility prior to Tuesday, June 1. *This deadline has been extended for 2021.*

Send completed applications to:

Camps, Columbus Recreation and Parks Department
1111 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43205



Additional details on eligibility requirements and PLAY applications are available at all community centers or online.