Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) provides social programs that positively affect the quality of life of regional residents. 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.
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FCSS is a partnership between local municipal governments, Metis Settlements, and the Province of Alberta. The 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.

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

Contact Information

Peggy Laing
Administrative Assistant, Rural Services

Email peggy.laing (@) mdlsr.ca
Phone 780.681.3929
Toll-Free 1.866.681.3929
Fax 780.681.3936

Applying for FCSS Grant Funding

Applicants must be eligible under the Family and 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.

FCSS Links

Alberta Council on Aging

The Alberta Council on Aging advises local government about matters relating to the opportunity for full and equal participation of older persons living in Alberta. This Council works to improve the quality of life for older persons through education, advocacy, and inclusion. Explore their Living Strong Program, and take part in one of the many virtual groups, workshops, or special events offered.

2019 MD FCSS-Funded Programs and Statistics in the Region

Gentle Ben Care Society

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

Flatbush Help Services Society

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

Flatbush Nursery School Society

  • Program Operations
  • Nursery School
  • Moms and Tots
  • 2 Parenting Programs
  • Flatbush New Year’s Eve Day Family Socials

Smith Early Childhood Intervention Association

  • Program Operations
  • Nursery School

Smith Community School

  • Family School Liaison Program position
  • Students to “Leadership Round-up Conference”
  • Community Family Christmas Carnival (organized by students)

Smith/Hondo Area Recreation Association

  • Family Day Activity
  • Spring Fling
  • July 1st Picnic
  • Volunteer Appreciation Event
  • Partnering with other Smith organization events

Flatbush Silver Threads Society

  • Volunteer Appreciation Event

Partnership Grants to Town of Slave Lake FCSS

  • Outback Power Pack Camp

MD Direct Delivered Programs of 2019

  • MD Seniors Luncheon and Information Afternoon (Alberta Seniors Programs Presenter)
  • Fall Social (Rural Mental Health Presenter)
  • Administration, presentations and consultations for each FCSS applicant group

Statistics from FCSS Programs and Events for 2019

  • 1055 People participated in FCSS programs and events
  • 194 Volunteers assisted with FCSS programs and events
  • 2707 Volunteer hours were contributed to FCSS programs and events
  • 31 Programs and events made possible with FCSS funding

2020 MD FCSS-Funded Programs and Statistics in the Region

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

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

Gentle Ben Care Society 

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

Doorstep Delivery Service (groceries and prescriptions)

  • December Food Supports

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)
  • 1 Parenting Program

Smith Early Childhood Intervention Association

  • Program Operation
  • Nursery School (classroom January through March / virtual April through June, September through December)

Smith Community School

  • Family School Liaison Program position

Athabasca Good Samaritan Food Bank 

  • Food Supports for MD residents

Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre Food Bank 

  • Food Supports for MD residents

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

Statistics from FCSS Programs and Events for 2020

Statistics from the FCSS programs and events for 2020 will be tabulated from grant recipient program reports, and published online thereafter.

  • People participated in FCSS programs and events (tabulation pending)
  • Volunteers assisted with FCSS programs and events (tabulation pending)
  • Volunteer hours contributed to FCSS programs and events (tabulation pending)
  • Programs and events made possible with FCSS funding (tabulation pending)
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