Financial Aid


Walnut Creek Recreation's Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to residents and non-residents of all ages interested in participating in high quality recreation programs. See below for information on eligibility and how to apply.

Applications for Recreation Scholarships ending with Summer 2020 must be received no later than July 31st, 2020.  All applications received after this date will be for the Fall 2020 - Summer 2021 season.

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Recreation scholarships are open to residents and non-residents of all ages. Household income must not exceed the following maximum income requirement based on the applicable household size (City of Walnut Creek Affordable Housing Criteria – 80% Area Median Income):

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Maximum Annual Household Income

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Application requirements:

  • Recreation Scholarship application form (download English or Spanish version)
  • Specialized Recreation Summer Day Camp Scholarship application form
  • Proof of Income: Submit tax return and other applicable items from this list. Please cross out all Social Security & tax ID numbers before submitting.
    • Copy of most recent Federal Income Tax Return (Form 10410/1040EZ/1040NR)
    • For those who do not file Federal Income Tax, copy of 2015 Supplemental Security Income (SSI) record
    • Proof of income assistance from issuing agency (County, State, School District, etc.)
    • Proof that the child is a foster or institutionalized child.

* Your household size must equal the number claimed on your income tax form.

Approval process, award amounts, and eligible programs:

A Recreation Division representative will notify you within 3 weeks whether your application is approved or denied based on the application and requirement criteria. Applications for Recreation Scholarships ending with Summer 2020 must be received no later than July 31st, 2020.  All applications received after this date will be for the Fall 2020 - Summer 2021 season.

If approved, scholarship funds will be awarded with a maximum of $500 for a family and $250 for a single person household. Funds can be applied toward fees in eligible Walnut Creek Recreation programs and will cover a percentage of the fee. The percentage covered is determined by household income, with a minimum percentage of 50% of the fee covered by the scholarship.

Scholarship recipients must pay the remaining fee (co-payment) for enrollment. Co-payments may be made by check, cash, or credit card.

Eligible programs:

  • Recreation classes for all ages
  • Recreation summer camps
  • Aquatics private lessons, group lessons, and water exercise courses
  • Aquatics lap swim, rec swim, or water exercise passes
  • Specialized Recreation programs
  • Adult drop-in sports fees

Scholarship funds are not redeemable for facility rental fees, Center for Community Arts programs, Walnut Creek Senior Club drop-in programs, or Adult Sports League fees. Scholarship funds do not cover materials fees which are payable directly to the instructor at the start of the program.

Scholarships are awarded on a first-come/first-served basis and are dependent on the availability of program funds/resources. Scholarship recipients must re-apply every Fall quarter (usually in August) in order to be considered for future scholarships. Please check every year for new scholarship policy updates.

Submit your application:

Completed application forms and proof of income can be submitted to:

  • Mail/Walk-ins: Heather Farm Community Center, 301 N San Carlos Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
  • Fax: (925) 938-7529
  • Email:

Want to make a difference?

Walnut Creek Recreation's scholarship program is funded entirely by donations. You can make a difference by becoming a supporting donor to the program or by directly making a tax-deductible contribution.
To make a tax-deductible contribution or to become a support donor, contact us by phone, email or in person:

Walnut Creek Recreation
Scholarship Program
Heather Farm Community Center
301 N San Carlos Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
(925) 943-5858


If you are interested in an Arts program, Center for Community Arts and the Community Arts Foundation have a separate scholarship program available. Click here to visit the Community Arts website for scholarship information.