Social Services Support for COVID-19: Additional FCSS Funding Announced by the Province

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Government of Alberta

The Alberta Government is providing $30 million to municipalities, charitable and non-profit organizations to provide help to individuals, seniors, families, and other vulnerable Albertans who are isolated or impacted by measures to contain COVID-19.  Of the $30 million, a total of $14 million has been allocated to support communities outside of Calgary and Edmonton.

Charitable and non-profit organizations are encouraged to connect directly with their local FCSS program to receive detailed funding guidelines and grant criteria. Unincorporated non-profit organizations or community groups should apply in partnership with a registered organization. Funding for specific programs and services cannot be applied for directly from the Alberta Government. Organizations should contact their local FCSS to request funding for specific programs or services in their community. Local FCSS programs will work closely with Community and Social Services (CSS) to obtain projectapprovals.

For services to be eligible, they must address the social well-being of those most affected by COVID- 19 and the measures implemented to limit the spread of the virus.  Programs and services must adhere to and help promote the local, provincial, and federal guidelines ensuring public safety.

Those impacted may include seniors, individuals with chronic medical conditions, caregivers, families with children at home and individuals with limited access to supports.

Ineligible expenses include but are not limited to the following:

  • Any expense NOT related to addressing the social well-being of those most vulnerable due to COVID-19.
  • Offering direct assistance in the form of money or shelter.
  • Being primarily rehabilitative or health-focused in nature.
  • Purchase of any capital assets.
  • Any costs required to sustain an organization that do not relate to direct service delivery under the project.

Grant funding must be expended by March 31, 2021. Any surplus dollars from the grant must be returned and cannot be carried over to the following fiscal year (2021/2022).

Local FCSS Program Contacts:

Black Diamond
Sue Nagel
High River
Shelley Koot
Foothills County
Amanda Midgley
Sian Anderson
Turner Valley
Monique LeBlanc


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