Family and Community Support Services
What is FCSS?
FCSS is the abbreviation for Family and Community Support Services. It is a program offered by The Province of Alberta Human Services Ministry to local municipalities and Metis settlements. Involvement by the municipality is voluntary.
If the municipality opts to be involved, then FCSS provincial funding (80 per cent) must be matched with local tax dollars (20 per cent). This combined funding is then used to support preventive social initiatives, program and services that are shown to enhance the social well-being of individuals, families and/or the community.
Each municipality has the autonomy to determine the FCSS process at the local level. For that reason, FCSS can look vastly different from one municipality to another.
2018-2020 Red Deer & District Family and Community Support Services Funding Allocation
The Request for Proposals process is now open for 2018-2020 Red Deer & District Family and Community Support Services funding. School boards, municipalities and non-profits in the Red Deer and District FCSS region – including the partner municipalities of The City of Red Deer, Red Deer County, Town of Bowden, Town of Penhold, Village of Delburne and Village of Elnora - can apply for funding for prevention programs.
Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. Thursday, March 9, 2017. Complete details are available at the Alberta Purchasing Connection website, www.purchasingconnection.ca.
In advance of the 2018-2020 Red Deer & District Family and Community Support Services Request for Proposals process, it is strongly encouraged that potential applicants complete the Self-Assessment Tool to help determine eligibility for funding. Also attached are Appendix 1 & 2 that provide supporting information for the Self-Assessment Tool questions.
Red Deer & District FCSS
In this region, Red Deer & District FCSS is structured in a regional partnership of six municipalities which are represented at the FCSS Board as follows:
- City of Red Deer Municipal Council Members (2)
- Red Deer County Council Members (2)
- Town of Bowden Municipal Council Member (1)
- Village of Delburne Municipal Council Member (1)
- Village of Elnora Municipal Council Member (1)
- Town of Penhold Municipal Council Member (1)
- Members of the public (residents of Red Deer) (4)
The Red Deer & District FCSS Board meets monthly (excluding January, July and August).
In each partner municipality, FCSS supports a Community Workers and Community Facilitators.