FAMILY & COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES (FCSS)

 

CONTACT:
Corinne McGirr,
Community Development Coordinator

(780) 846-2244 


FCSS Documents:

Please ensure you are using the NEW 2017 Application Form below as it is quite different from past years. We have additional resources for specific types of programs, ie. children or seniors, that will guide you in completing the application - please contact Corinne to get these resources.

2017 Application Form  (submissions now closed for the 2017 year)

FCSS Handbook (2010)

Deadline for submitting your 2016 Year End Report is JANUARY 31, 2017.
Complete the shaded areas of last years' application form as your Year End Report

2016 Application Form/Year End Report


 

Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is an 80/20 funding partnership between the province, municipalities and Metis Settlements. Under FCSS, communities design and deliver social programs that are preventative in nature to promote and enhance well being among individuals, families, and communities. The programs depend on community resources, often involving volunteers in management and delivery.

The FCSS philosophy is based on a belief that self help contributes to a sense of integrity, self-worth and independence. The programs developed are intended to help individuals in their community to adopt healthy lifestyles, thereby improving the quality of life and build the capacity to prevent and or deal with crisis situations should they arise.

One of the key principles of the FCSS Program is local autonomy in priority setting and resource allocation. FCSS emphasizes local decision-making for programming, based on the belief that communities have the desire, energy and resources to build community capacity. Each municipality or Metis Settlement determines how the dollars they receive should be allocated to best meet the needs of their community.

Program Funding Guidelines

Family and Community Support Services funding is intended to:

  • Promote and encourage voluntarism
  • To be preventative in nature, in order to:
    • Enhance, strengthen and stabilize family and community life
    • Improve the ability of persons to identify and act on their needs
    • Help avert family or community social breakdown
    • Help prevent the development of a crisis
    • Provide citizens with information of its planning and operation
    • Provide for the development of services on clearly identified social needs and effective planning
    • Encourage cooperation and coordination

Family and Community Support Services may offer:

  • Services to promote the social development of children and their families
  • Services that enrich and strengthen family life by developing skills in people to function more effectively within their own environment, such as
    • Parenting and family life education and development
    • Marriage enrichment
    • Retirement planning
    • Programs for single adults and single parent
    • Programs designed to enhance self-awareness and personal growth
    • Youth development services
    • Individual, family and group counseling services that are educational and not treatment oriented
  • Services that enhance the quality of life of the retired and semi-retired
  • Services designed to promote, encourage and support volunteer work in the community
  • Services designed to inform the public of available services, such as:
    • Information and referral services
    • Community information directories
    • Newcomer services
    • Inter agency coordination

Family and Community Support Services must not:

  • Provide for recreational needs or leisure time pursuits of individuals
  • Offer direct financial assistance to sustain an individual or family
  • Be primarily rehabilitative in nature
  • Duplicate services ordinarily provided by any government agency, or services which are reasonable accessible to the community

 

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR VOLUNTEERS INVOLVED WITH FCSS!!