Family & Community Support Services (FCSS)

Applications for FCSS grants will be accepted by Saddle Hills County Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) for eligible 2019 programs or projects between July 1 and September 15 each year.

Grant recipients are required to submit a final expense report with detailed accounting of grant funds, as well as an outcomes report that shall consist of, but is not limited to the following:

a. Project objectives and outcomes achieved
b. Number of participants
c. Number of volunteers
d. Number of volunteer hours
e. Applicable statistics

Expenses and outcomes reports must be submitted to the Saddle Hills County FCSS annually or within 30 days of the completion of the program or project.  Failure to submit the appropriate documentation may lead to the organization being ineligible to apply for future grant funding.  Successful grant applicants will receive approved funding in January, and are required to utilize the grant funding for only the purposes intended unless authorized in writing to use for another eligible program or project by Saddle Hills County FCSS. 


  • Download a copy of the 2019 FCSS Grant Funding Application click here.
  • Download a copy of the FCSS Guide to Outcomes Measurement click here.
  • Download a copy of the FCSS Program Advice Inventory Listing click here.
  • Download a copy of the FCSS Outcomes Measurement Banks click here.
  • Download a copy of the Understanding FCSS document click here.

For more information or for copies of any of the above documents please call Community Development at (780) 864-3760 or email

In brief, FCSS  is:

  • a legal partnership between the Province of Alberta and municipalities or Metis Settlements;
  • an agreement under which locally-driven preventive initiatives can be developed, to enhance the well-being of individuals, families and communities;
  • a funding arrangement through which the province provides a pre-determined grant for locally-driven initiatives, and municipalities match that grant by providing at least 20 percent of the funding;
  • a philosophy under which:
  • local people can influence things that affect them;
  • communities can be innovative and creative;
  • citizen participation, self-help and volunteerism are encouraged; human growth and potential are enhanced; 
  • continually evolving program that encourages communities to strengthen themselves.

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.

The Regulation sets out the service requirements that a municipality or Métis Settlement must meet to be eligible for funding. Section 2.1(1)(a) of the FCSS Regulation states: “Services under a program must be of a preventive nature that enhances the social well-being of individuals and families through promotion or intervention strategies provided at the earliest opportunity.” Section 2.1(2)(b) states: “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.”

At the local level, a municipality or Métis Settlement Council chooses whether to establish an FCSS Program and enters into an agreement with the Government of Alberta to jointly fund projects/services. These projects/services 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. Programs developed are intended to help individuals in their community to adopt healthy lifestyles, thereby improving the quality of life and building the capacity to prevent and/or deal with crisis situations should they arise.

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 Human Services website.



FCSS Programming and Services being developed in Saddle Hills County include: