Recreation & Parks Scholarship Fund

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Recreation Scholarships

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks is offering scholarships to qualifying families to help offset the cost of participating in Recreation programs.

 Program  Program Cost  Scholarship Amount  You Pay
School of Rec Camp & Distance Learning Support
$250/weekly $250 $1400 Total ($180/wk beginning 2/8)
Swim Lessons - Available beginning 2/1/2021 $25/session  $25  $12.50/session 

Eligibility Requirements


To be eligible for the Scholarship Program families must live within Santa Rosa City limits and must show proof of receiving at least one of the following:

  • Social Security Supplemental or Disability Income
  • Public assistance through the Sonoma County Human Services Department, i.e., Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Food Stamps
  • Free lunch assistance through the local schools
  • Public assistance through the City of Santa Rosa Housing Authority
  • Medi-Cal Benefits Card

How the Program Works

Register for the School of Rec - Distance Learning Camp & Care Program or Swim Lessons online or by phone. Then, call us at 707-543-3737 to set up your scholarship eligibility appointment. At the appointment, please be prepared to present your completed application and the current documentation from the agency which administers your assistance (listed above). If you have not already, be prepared to register for the program(s) of your choosing at the time you turn in the application. Camp schedules may be found here and Swim Lesson courses may be found hereOne scholarship per child, per year is allowed.

Scholarship Applications



School of Rec - Camp & Distance Learning Support


English / Spanish

Swim Lessons (available beginning 2/1/2021)


English / Spanish

Submitting the Application


Contact us for an appointment. Bring completed application and proof of qualification to one of the following sites:

Finley Community Center
2060 West College Avenue
707-543-3737
Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm

Steele Lane Community Center
415 Steele Lane
707-543-3282
Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm

Support the Scholarship Fund


The Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks Scholarship Fund provides families in need the opportunity to participate in recreation programs. Funds are raised through the Department’s annual fundraising events, such as the St. Patrick's Day 5K, Handmade Holiday Crafts Fair, Senior Expo, and from individual contributions received from donors throughout the year. A donation to the fund supports life-saving skills development, such as swim lessons, and healthy recreational opportunities for our community. If you would like to provide a donation please click here.