Financial Assistance

Financial assistance for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering is closed. If you are looking for financial assistance, we encourage you to contact your Synod office.

Each cycle the Gathering offers financial assistance to youth participants based on the financial needs of an individual and their family.

Please note that as of September 15th, all financial assistance funds have been distributed. Any new applications received will be placed on a waiting list. The Gathering anticipates redistributing a limited amount of funding, so we encourage congregations to continue submitting applications.

Please read the following carefully to become familiar with the process for 2018:

  • The application opens July 15th, 2017.
  • Youth participants may receive up to $300. The assistance amount will be applied as a credit on the congregational account of the youth participant.
  • An individual congregation may receive assistance for up to 10 youth participants. The Gathering is not able to offer assistance for adult leaders.
  • Financial assistance is not available for MYLE or the tAble. The registration fees for MYLE and the tAble are highly subsidized. MYLE and the tAble participants are welcome to apply for financial assistance to cover Gathering registration fees.
  • Assistance will be offered to applicants on a rolling basis, meaning the process ends when all funds have been disbursed. Financial assistance requests always exceed available funds. Adult leaders are strongly encouraged to apply early.  
  • Adult leaders should complete the application on behalf of any young person applying from their congregation. Download the financial assistance worksheet from our resources page to help collect the necessary information required to complete the application.
  • Adult leaders will begin receiving email notifications of financial assistance offers on August 15th, after which notifications will be sent within 10 business days.

Adult leaders must register their congregation within 30 days of receiving notification of financial assistance or the assistance may be returned the fund to be re-disbursed. Congregations who receive notice before registration opens on 9/15/2017 will have until 10/15/2017 to complete registration.

Although funding is limited and the number of requests for financial assistance grows each cycle, we hope to offer some level assistance to all those in need. The Gathering is only able to offer assistance to cover registration fees. Congregations needing additional assistance should check with their synod office to see if funds are available. We encouraged synodical leadership to establish a Gathering financial assistance fund. We also encourage congregations who are able to tithe fundraising efforts to their synod. We want this transformational ministry to be accessible to all youth from our church.


As always, any questions can be directed to your Gathering Synod Coordinator or


Frequently Asked Question:

Is there financial assistance available?