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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204


Portland Parks & Recreation recognizes that some residents of the City of Portland require financial assistance to attend certain programs and classes. To help make recreation accessible to all, a limited number of scholarships are available for those who qualify!

Ready to apply? 
Please bring completed scholarships and forms of income verification to the Portland Parks & Recreation facility that you wish to use!

When completing an application, please note that:

  • All information must be filled in or the application will be returned unaccepted.
  • The information requested on all scholarship forms is confidential and necessary to help determine the degree of need for each applicant.
  • Proof of income is required with all scholarship applications.
  • When applying for multiple scholarships, a separate application is required for each participant and each activity.
  • A minimum of two working days is needed by PP&R to process your scholarship.
  • Applicants are encouraged to call or come in to the recreational facility to confirm approval of your scholarship. 

Verification of Income Eligibility

When applying for a scholarship, Portland Parks & Recreation requires a copy of your latest 1040 Income Tax Form or other accepted form to verify your income (see below). This information must be updated with each subsequent scholarship request. Portland Parks & Recreation values your privacy and will make every effort to ensure information provided remains confidential.

Acceptable forms of income verification

  • Most recent 1040 income tax return
  • Proof of current Social Security benefits (SSA Benefit Statement or SSA-1099)
  • Proof of disability pay (SSI)
  • Proof of current OHP (Oregon Health Plan – striped medical paper with client info on it)
  • Oregon Trail (food stamps) award letter

Unacceptable forms of income verification

  • Bank Statements
  • Paycheck stubs
  • Individual W-2’s
  • Plastic Oregon Trail Card
  • WIC

Scholarship Policy and Guidelines

Helpful information regarding scholarships offered by Portland Parks & Recreation

Scholarship Application

Scholarship Application for Classes and Programs (in English)

Aplicacion de Beca

Aplicacion de Beca para Clases Y Programas (en español)

Scholarship Application for Families

Scholarship Application for 3-Month or Annual Family Fitness Passes