FCSS - Family & Community Support Services

Family & Community Support Services (FCSS)

CONTACT: Jolene Fraser, Community Development Coordinator at 780.846.2244.  



Please ensure you are using the NEW 2020 Application Form.

  • We have additional resources for specific types of programs, ie. children or seniors, that will guide you in completing the application - please contact Jolene to get these resources or if you need one-on-one assistance with completing your application.


2020 Application Form (fillable pdf) or WORD file.  (deadline is September 17, 2019 for the 2020 funding year)

2019 YEAR END REPORTS are due JAN 31, 2020. Use your application form that you submitted for 2019 funding (back in Sept 2018) and complete the shaded areas.


FCSS Handbook (2010)

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



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