Recreation & Parks Scholarship Fund

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
Swim Lessons$25/session $25 $12.50/session 
Lifeguard Training $200$160 $40 Total 

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 your preferred program online or by phone. Then, submit the application via email to (be sure to attach proof of eligibility document) or 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. Program schedules can be found by clicking on the corresponding program links above. One scholarship per child, per year is allowed.

Scholarship Applications

Swim Lessons
English / Spanish

Lifeguard Training

Submitting the Application

Download the scholarship application using the corresponding link(s) above and submit to or contact us at 707-543-3737 for an appointment. Bring the completed application and proof of eligibility to one of the following locations:

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

Finley Aquatic Center (swim lesson and lifeguard scholarships only)
2060 West College Avenue
Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm

Steele Lane Community Center
415 Steele Lane
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.