Connect Card Program Details
The Connect Card is a program that provides youth and families an easy way to access existing community funds.
How does the program work?
Participating youth may use their Connect Card to access available funds from a variety of programs. Registering for Ready-Set-Connect means your child(ren)'s card(s) will be accepted with any affiliated program without the need to fill out additional paperwork.
A variety of discounts are available, based on each program's standards. The Connect Card will provide access to available funds through this very easy format. Participating agencies will set their own discount limits; consult with them if you have any questions. Some programs may not be eligible for a discount; please inquire about specific programs before registering.
Who is eligible to participate?
To qualify, participants must qualify for ConnectBenefits, which fall in line with the Federal Standards for Free or Reduced price meals, or they must have a financial hardship that prevents full payment of a program fee. The graph below shows the standards for 2019-2020.
How do I apply for my child(ren)?
Sign up online or print and fill out the form and mail to Edina Community Foundation, 5280 Grandview Square, Edina, MN 55436.
What happens to my information?
Information is submitted online with encryption to a secure server. Information provided via mail will be kept in a secure and confidential manner. Your information will only be shared with other participating organizations and ONLY if a significant need for access is proven.
When can my child(ren) start using a Connect Card?
When your eligibility has been verified (usually within a week), you will receive a letter of notification and your Ready-Set-Connect Card. This card should be presented at the time of registration for any of the participating programs.
City of Edina
Edina Girls Athletic Association
Edina Football Association
Connect Card program partners determine and fund their own scholarship programs. Program partner scholarship dollars will be available on a first come, first served basis. Scholarship dollars are non-transferable between program partners. Please read information fully.
Southdale YMCA (www.ymcamn.org/Locations/Southdale_YMCA)
50% off of membership and up to 30% off of programs
City of Edina (www.edinamn.gov)
$300/family per year
Connect Card qualifying families will receive $300 per year to spend on program registration, memberships, season passes, community garden or special events. If the cost of the service(s) is higher than $300, the recipient is responsible for the additional fees.
Connect Codes are used as coupon codes upon checkout.
Programs run all year long, and registrations remain open until filled.
Spring/Summer programs: registration begins mid-February
Fall/Winter programs: registration begins mid-August
Click here for a Spring/Summer Activities Directory. Additional questions? Call 952-826-0367, or email jcanton@EdinaMN.gov.
Edina Basketball (www.edinabasketball.com)
House/Rec. League Program (Kindergarten-12th Grade programs):
Kindergarten Program Fees: $120
1st - 4th grade Boys & 1st - 3rd grade Girls Program Fees: $185
4th - 12th grade Girls Program Fees: $205
5th - 12th grade Boys Program Fees: $205
FOR ALL OF THE ABOVE, any additional clinic fees will be the responsibility of the player's family.
Travel Program (4th-8th Grade)
4th-8th grade Boys and Girls Travel Program Fees: $205
Travel players will be directly responsible for the following:
Tryout Fee: $25
Travel Fees, 4th grade $295 / 5th-8th grade $450
Travel families are also directly responsible for uniform purchases (approx. $90), personal equipment (shoes, bag, basketball, etc.), extra apparel, entrance fees to tournaments (typically $5-8/person), and any out-of-town tournament expenses, etc.
To help offset those costs, Edina Give and Go may be able to help. Contact them at https://edinagiveandgo.org
Connect Card registration for Edina Basketball must be completed by:
Travel program: September 1, 2019
All other in-house and recreation programs (K-12): December 1, 2019
Edina Baseball (www.edinabaseball.com)
Kindergarten - 3rd Grade House League
Players will pay $50 in registration fees for all K-3rd Grade house programs
Normal fees range from $200-$255
Players are responsible for uniform pieces (baseball pants, socks, belt, glove)
4th-9th Grade House (White) League
Players will pay $50 in registration fees for all 4th-9th Grade House (White) League programs
Normal fees are $355
Players are responsible for uniform pieces (baseball pants, socks, batting helmet, belt, cleats, glove)
4th-9th Grade Travel (Green) League
Players will pay $50 in registration fees for all 4th-9th Grade Travel (Green) League programs
Normal fees are $450
Travel players will be directly responsible for the following:
If a player is selected for a Travel team, there will be an additional EBA assessment of $50
Uniform pieces (baseball pants, socks, batting helmet, belt, cleats, glove), team assessment, hotel stay(s) for out-of-town tournaments
To help offset travel fees, Edina Give & Go may be able to help. Contact them at https://edinagiveandgo.org.
Close dates for registration vary by program. Check the EBA website (www.edinabaseball.com). Connect Card registration must be completed by the registration closed date for summer baseball. For more information click HERE
Registration for the fall program opens in July and runs through August 13th. Normal fees are $120. Players with the Connect Card will pay $50.
Edina Girls Athletic Association - EGAA - (www.egaa.org)
Spring Volleyball, 4th-12th Grade Girls, Program Fee - $125
Fall Flag Football, 4th-12th Grade Girls, Program Fee - $95 - Registration opens June 17
Run Club, Program Fee - $25 - Registration is open
Ongoing Seminars, Program Fee - TBD
Edina Football Association (www.edinasports.org)
2nd-3rd Grade Flag Football
Players on Free/Reduced lunch plan play for free (normal fee is $160)
Players with financial hardship pay 50% of the normal fee of $160 ($80)
6th-12th Grade Flag Football
Players on Free/Reduced lunch plan play for free (normal fee is $95)
Players with financial hardship pay 50% of the normal fee of $95 ($47.50)
4th-8th Grade Tackle Football
Players on Free/Reduced lunch plan play for free (normal fee is $330)
Players with financial hardship pay 50% of the normal fee of $330 ($165)
Other costs NOT covered by scholarships: Equipment
Registration open May 5, 2019 Registration closes September 30, 2019
The season runs from August 13-October 31
Become a Partner
To register your organization to participate in the Connect Card program, please request the following forms:
The Partnership Agreement provides an overview of the program, and is an agreement of participation between your organization and the Edina Community Foundation.
The Partnership Application is a description of your program(s) and scholarship plan.
Contact Patty Dronen, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-229-9506 for information.
Completed forms should be sent to:
Edina Community Foundation, 5280 Grandview Square, Edina, MN 55436