The FCSS Program
Who is the FCSS For?
And Who can Apply for
Funding of a Program?
FCSS funding is available to municipalities and Métis Settlements within Alberta that choose to develop and deliver social programs that are preventive in nature. Over ninety-nine per cent (99%) of Albertans reside in communities served by FCSS Programs.
What Is FCSS Program &
What Services do they Provide?
Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is a unique 80/20 funding partnership between the Government of Alberta and participating municipalities or Métis Settlements. Provincially, the FCSS Program receives its mandate from the Family and Community Support Services Act and Regulation.
Services under a program must do one or more of the following:
- help people to develop independence, strengthen coping skills and become more resistant to crisis;
- help people to develop an awareness of social needs;
- help people to develop interpersonal and group skills which enhance constructive relationships among people;
- help people and communities to assume responsibility for decisions and actions which affect them;
- provide supports that help sustain people as active participants in the community.”
and Resource Allocation
One of the key principles of the FCSS Program is local responsibility for priority setting and resource allocation. Within the parameters of the FCSS Act and Regulation, each municipality or Métis Settlement determines how the FCSS funding they receive should be allocated to best meet the needs of their community. Local FCSS Programs are part of the larger provincial Program that collectively helps to ensure that Albertans have access to a strong network of prevention supports.
A number of FCSS resources and publications such as the FCSS Program Handbook and the FCSS Program Advice Inventory Listing are available on the Alberta Ministry of Community and Social Services website at this link.
FCSS STORY VIDEO
UNDERSTANDING FCSS - CHAPTER 1
UNDERSTANDING FCSS - CHAPTER 2
FCSS Funding &
Provincial FCSS grant allocations to municipalities and Métis Settlements totals $101 million as of 2015. Funding for FCSS is maintained at the same level as the previous fiscal year. Each participating municipality or Métis Settlement matches its provincial grant with a minimum 20% contribution and is required to submit an annual report to the Ministry detailing local expenditures for funded projects and services that are eligible under FCSS legislation.
What Services are
Eligible for FCSS?
FCSS uses a “people helping people to help themselves” approach and offers a wide range of programs and services at the community level. Please refer to the FCSS Program Advice Inventory Listing (included in chapter five of the FCSS Program Handbook) for additional information. An eligibility assessment tool is also included in this chapter. The FCSS Program Directory lists projects and services provided by local communities across the province.