Changing lives, strengthening communities.

Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) provides social programs designed to positively affect the quality of life of residents across the Lesser Slave River region. FCSS helps enhance the capacity of the MD to prevent or address social problems and support programs that meet the assessed needs of the community.


Partners in

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

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.

More About the FCSS Program

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.

More Information

For more information, or to apply for FCSS funding, please contact the Rural Services department at 780.849.4888 (toll-free 1.866.449.4888) or info (@) mdlsr.ca.

2020 FCSS Funding Recipients

Athabasca Good Samaritan Food Bank

  • Food security supports for MD residents

Flatbush Help Services Society (continuation of grant funding from 2019)

  • Home Supports Program
  • Operations; yard work; snow shoveling; minor home maintenance

MD Direct Delivered Programs

  • Administration, presentations and consultations for each FCSS applicant group
  • Flyer print and mail costs to advertise home delivery service for groceries and prescriptions
  • Flyer print and mail costs to advertise December food support opportunities

Smith Early Childhood Intervention Association

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

Canyon Creek Recreation Association

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

Flatbush Nursery School Society

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

Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre Food Bank

  • Food security supports for MD residents

Doorstep Delivery Service (groceries and prescriptions)

  • December food supports

Gentle Ben Care Society

  • Home Supports Program
  • operations and administration; light housekeeping; yard work; snow shoveling; minor home maintenance

Smith Community School

  • Family School Liaison Program position
MD administration offices are open from Monday to Friday between 8:15am and 4:30pm.
Main Office: Box 722 - 3000, 15th Ave SE, Slave Lake, AB
T:780.849.4888  F:1.866.449.4888
Sub-office: 660061 Range Road 20, Flatbush, AB
T:780.681.3929  F:1.866.681.3929




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