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A Partnership Between the MD and Local Groups

Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) provides social programs designed to positively affect the quality of life of residents across the Lesser Slave River region. Programs are designed to help those seeking 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.

Partners in Preventative Support

The FCSS philosophy is based on a belief that self-help contributes to a sense of integrity, self-worth and independence.

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How the Program Works

FCSS is a partnership between local municipal governments, Metis settlements, and the Government of Alberta. This partnership provides provincial funding that is matched with local tax dollars on an 80/20 share basis. The funding is then used to support and develop locally-driven, preventive social services initiatives.

Applying for FCSS Funding

Applicants must be eligible under the Family & Community Support Services Act and Regulation. All FCSS funding allocations will be approved by Lesser Slave River Council. Preference will be given to registered volunteer not-for-profit organizations that:

  • Promote the social development of children and their families
  • Enrich and strengthen family life by developing skills in people to function more effectively within their own environment
  • Enhance the quality of life of the retired and semi-retired
  • Promote, encourage, and support volunteer work in the community
  • Inform the public of available services.

Recent FCSS Funding Recipients

Athabasca Good Samaritan Food Bank

A registered charity since 1995, The Athabasca Good Samaritan Food Bank provides food hamper, hot lunch, hygiene and crisis victim programs. The mandate of this organization is to provide support to strengthen families in basic need or crisis.

Services Supported Through FCSS:

  • Food security supports for MD residents
Flatbush Help Services Society

Services Supported Through FCSS:

  • Home Supports Program
  • Operations; yard work; snow shoveling; minor home maintenance
Canyon Creek Recreation Association

Services Supported Through FCSS:

  • Family sledding and hot chocolate
  • Family chili cook-off (not hosted)
  • Past and present volunteer appreciation (not hosted)
Flatbush Nursery School Society

Services Supported Through FCSS:

  • Program operations
  • Nursery school (suspended April through December)
  • Moms and tots (suspended April through December)
  • Parenting program
Gentle Ben Care Society

Services Supported Through FCSS:

  • Home Supports Program
  • operations and administration; light housekeeping; yard work; snow shoveling; minor home maintenance
Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre Food Bank

Services Supported Through FCSS:

  • Food security supports for MD residents
Smith Early Childhood Intervention Association

Services Supported Through FCSS:

  • Program operation
  • Nursery school (January through March)
  • Virtual nursery school (April through June; September through December)
Smith Community School

Services Supported Through FCSS:

  • Family school liaison program position
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