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Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Program

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City of St. Albert - Family and Community Support Services (FCSS)

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09/29/22 4:00 PM (Mountain Standard Time)


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Grants to Alberta nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to promote the social well-being of families and individuals. Funding is intended to support specific preventative and responsive programs for children, the elderly, and vulnerable populations. Eligible applicants must serve the City of St. Albert.

Under the Family and Community Support Services Act and Regulation, funding is provided for the delivery of preventive social programs defined as those programs that “enhance the social well-being of individuals and families through promotion or intervention strategies at the earliest opportunity ”, and that align with and support the Five Core Values identified in the City’s Social Master Plan, (Sense of Belonging and Connectedness, Diversity and Inclusion, Social Responsibility and Engagement, Healthy Lifestyle and Well-Being, Capacity Building).

To be considered, a project must address one of the following:

  • Mentoring children and youth
  • Outreach services for adults experiencing isolation, food/housing/financial insecurity
  • Outreach services for seniors experiencing isolation, food/housing/financial insecurity
  • Support for LGBTQ2S+
  • Parent education, child development, and social-emotional skills 0-12 years
  • Community Income Tax Program
  • Prevention/early intervention of family violence

The FCSS Program has seven primary outcomes that are supported by five strategic directions. All FCSS funded programs or services must meet one of the seven outcomes; these outcomes fall within three primary categories:

  • Improved social well-being of individual
    • Outcome 1: Individuals experience personal well-being
    • Outcome 2: Individuals are connected with others
    • Outcome 3: Children and youth develop positively
  • Improved social well-being of family
    • Outcome 1: Healthy functioning within families
    • Outcome 2: Families have social supports
  • Improved social well-being of community
    • Outcome 1: The community is connected and engaged
    • Outcome 2: Community social issues are identified and addressed 

There are five strategic directions of the FCSS Program:

  1. Help people develop independence, strengthen coping skills and become more resistant to crisis
  2. Help people to develop an awareness of social needs
  3. Help people to develop interpersonal and group skills which enhance constructive relationships among people
  4. Help people and communities to assume responsibility for decisions and actions which affect them
  5. Provide supports that help sustain people as active participants in the community 

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GrantWatch ID#: 185055

Estimated Size of Grant:

FCSS funding should not support more than 80% of the total expenditures of a program.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The City of St. Albert is inviting non-profit organizations serving St. Albert residents, to apply for FCSS Program Funding.

Ineligible cost expenditures of the program include:
- Provide primarily for the recreation needs or leisure time pursuits of individuals
- Offer direct assistance, including money, food, clothing or shelter, to sustain an individual or family
- Be primarily rehabilitative in nature
- Duplicate services that are ordinarily provided by a government or government agency
- The purchase of land or buildings
- The construction or renovation of a building
- The purchase of motor vehicles
- Any costs required to sustain an organization that do not relate to direct service delivery under the program
- Municipal property taxes and levies
- Any payment to a member of a board or committee other than reimbursement for approved expenditures.
- Retroactive financial support for project activities that have been completed prior to grant agreement signing
- Severance or any kind of continuation pay or benefits to employees who resign or are terminated from the organization

For information regarding ineligible projects, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline is September 29, 2022.

Organizations submitting proposals will be invited to attend interviews/presentations to further discuss the application and address any questions.

FCSS funding should not support more than 80% of the total expenditures of a program; additional grants, fundraising, donations or other means of revenue should support at least 20% of the program. FCSS may fund 100% in the first year of a new program that is being piloted as approved; additional sources of funding need to be identified in subsequent years reaching at least 20% of the total project.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Proposals must be received by the submission deadline outlined above, through email to:

If providing a hard copy of the submission, it must be in a sealed envelope with the applicant’s name
reference to FCSS Program Funding, 2023 and delivered to:
Family and Community Support Services Program
c/o Community Services Department
#10 – 50 Bellerose Drive
St. Albert, AB T8N 3L5

If you have questions please contact Amy MacKinnon, Social Investment Coordinator, 587-708-7285, or at the above email address.

City of St. Albert
5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert, Alberta
Canada, T8N 3Z9

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