Programs to help children and youth build positive relationships to deal with challenges are among the initiatives approved by the Red Deer & District Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Board to receive additional funding from the Province.
Last night, the FCSS Board approved recommendations for 20 programs to receive approximately $1.6 million (pdf) in additional funding for 2016-17.
The Province announced in October 2015 it would increase FCSS funding by $25 million across Alberta, with municipalities also contributing. As a result, the Red Deer & District FCSS Board issued a Request for Proposals in January, inviting applicants to submit proposals for new early prevention programs that were either: planned and ready to go; an expansion of an existing project; or a one-time project or innovation to better serve clients.
“There are many deserving programs and services for individuals and families throughout our region focused on improving social well-being, and we are thrilled that this funding makes more of them possible,” said Kathy Sitter, Red Deer & District FCSS Board Chair. “We are very thankful the provincial government has acknowledged the great need for these services, and has invested accordingly.”
As part of the same funding process, approximately $400,000 was earmarked in December to launch a regional neighbourhood initiative designed to help increase connection between people where they live. This place-based pilot project aims to support people to meet their neighbours and build relationships to enhance quality of life.
“This program will focus on strengthening the connections between people where they live,” said Scott Cameron, City of Red Deer Social Planning Manager. “It’s programs such as these – whether they’re helping build resilience, mitigating poverty, or increasing social cohesion – that contribute to the social well-being of all communities.”
The Red Deer & District FCSS mandate is to provide preventive social programming that enhances the social well-being of individuals and families through promotion or intervention strategies provided at the earliest opportunity.
A complete list of funded projects is available at www.reddeer.ca/fcss.
For more information, please contact:
Red Deer & District FCSS
Social Planning Manager
The City of Red Deer