FCSS program awards funding for 2016

October 20, 2015 /For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – At their regular meeting on October 19, 2016, Airdrie City Council made a motion to allocate $1,062,069 of the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Program to preventive social programs. In addition, Council approved the deferral of a funding adjustment received by the City in 2015 in the amount of $391,579 to be allocated in 2016 as a Special Project Grant.

“I’m pleased to announce that Council allocated $1,062,069 to support local preventive social programs that help people to develop independence, strengthen coping skills and become resilient members of community,” said Mayor Peter Brown. “In 2016, the Province has increased the funding for FCSS programs to meet the needs of the community. On behalf of Council I have advocated for increased FCSS provincial funding for all of our programs and services and I pleased that the province has responded. I’d like to thank the province for recognizing the importance of FCSS funding and the value it brings to our community.”

Clay Aragon, Team Leader, Community Development and Social Planning and Cathy O’Donoghue, Social Planning Coordinator spoke at the council meeting about the FCSS mandate of prevention and the funding allocation recommended by the Community Services Advisory Board.

“The City of Airdrie prioritized the 2016 FCSS funding allocation to support evidence-based programs that decrease social isolation, increase self-esteem, promotes inclusion, enhance problem solving skills and increase coping skills. Our Board and Council truly appreciate the work that all of our FCSS funded programs provide to the community,” said O’Donoghue.

The following preventive social programs will be receiving the below funding in 2016:


2016 FCSS Allocation

Family Resource Program - Community Links      

 $     205,338

Family and Group Counselling Program - Community Links

 $     253,877

Volunteer, Information and Referral Program - Community Links

$     147,145

Airdrie Senior Outreach Program - Community Links

 $       92,879

Critical Hours & Evening Program for Children - Boys & Girls Club of Airdrie

 $       47,730

Youth Program & Outreach - Boys & Girls Club of Airdrie

 $       62,000

Volunteer Coordination - Boys & Girls Club of Airdrie

 $       42,000

Proactive Community Service (Volunteer Coordination) - Airdrie & District Victims Assistance Society

 $       65,000

Volunteer Coordination - Airdrie Food Bank

 $       14,500

Community Kitchen Program - Airdrie Food

 $       52,500

Volunteer Coordination - Airdrie Meals On Wheels

 $       15,100

Mentoring in Airdrie - Big Brothers Big Sisters

 $       37,000

Teen Mentoring - Big Brothers Big Sisters

 $       27,000


 $                                   1,062,069


The FCSS Allocation Guide 2016 Edition was included in the October 19, 2015 Council agenda and is available online at: http://www.airdrie.ca/index.cfm?serviceID=453. Please note that that final FCSS funding allocation is dependent on the passing of the 2016 Budget.


Media contact:

Cathy O’Donoghue
Social Planning Unit, City of Airdrie
403.948.8800 ext. 8765


Backgrounder—Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Program

The Airdrie Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Program is a funding partnership between the Government of Alberta and the City of Airdrie. 80% of the total cost of delivering the FCSS program is provided by the Government of Alberta and a minimum of 20% has to be contributed by the City. FCSS is designed to fund community social programs that enhance the social well-being of families and communities.

Annually, community social programs who meet the FCSS mandate of prevention are encouraged to apply for FCSS funds. The City’s Community Services Advisory Board reviews all of the applications and sets priorities for funding allocation. They make funding recommendations to Council for final budget approval. The 2016 FCSS allocation is subject to budget approval in December 2015.

Once approved, successful applicants are funded from January 1 to December 31, 2016. AS a condition of their funding, FCSS funded programs are required to measure the effectiveness of the programs they deliver to community and report results to the City. These results are submitted to the Government of Alberta and presented in the City’s Social Report.


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