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Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is a joint municipal/provincial partnership that funds preventative social service programs.

The programs build on the strengths and capacities of individuals, families and communities, and are volunteer supported.

The combined efforts of funded programs and City activities are working towards achieving Council's strategic plan, priorities and goals, with focused efforts on social inclusion.

Program

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(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."

For more information, visit the Government of Alberta, Human Services site:

FCSS: Types of Services

FCSS: Publications

Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta

FCSS Provincial Measures Bank

Funding

The funding is only available to organizations currently part of core funded programs in the FCSS program. Applications for funding are not being accepted at this time.

There are so many great examples of the difference FCSS funded programs are making in the community.

The stories are submitted here will be used for reports and on our website to illustrate the impact your work has on the community. Please remove any identifying information from your success story (for example, change the name of the program participant, their family names, etc).

Success Stories Submission Form
For more information, see Family and Community Support Services Grant

The Edmonton FCSS Story

Ultimately, the Edmonton FCSS program is aiming to fulfill the outcomes of improved social well-being of individuals, families and the community through preventive programming. Edmonton FCSS receives annual outcomes reports from funded agencies and also participates in annual evaluations of our work and the program to continually grow and evolve to meet the needs of the agencies and their participants. Each year we will share findings are that are specific to the Edmonton FCSS program here. 

2017 Edmonton FCSS Summary

How do the Edmonton FCSS programs change the lives of Edmontians? Hear their stories here.

Do you have a success story from an Edmonton FCSS funded program or partnership? Share it here!

Common Outcomes Initiative

All funded agencies are asked to provide an outcomes report. Our team uses this data to share the impact of the funding in the community.

City of Edmonton FCSS in partnership with the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, Edmonton and Area Child & Family Services Region and funded agencies have worked to develop common outcomes, indicators and tools that can be used by funded agencies to evaluate the programs that they are offering. This initiative has become known as the Common Outcomes Initiative. 

The Common Outcomes Initiative has worked over the past 10 years with community agencies to co-develop common outcomes and indicators that all programs would use to report the impact of funding dollars in the community. 

For 2019 reporting, the following Common Outcomes Initiative Model will be used by all agencies funded by one or more of the three partnering funders. This “new” model is a re-organization and clean up from the previous outcomes and indicators developed. 

Edmonton FCSS funded agencies and partners can use the data from the Common Outcomes Reporting to:  learn about their program successes and opportunities for growth, learn from other programs in the sector, share results with staff, volunteers and participants of the program, and use data and results to tell the story of their impact in the sector with other funders, donors and sponsors.

Common Outcome Reports (COR)

Common Outcomes Reports (CORs) are sent out to funded agencies at the beginning of December and are due at the end of January. If you need assistance in completing the COR please reference the following documents: 

Following the completion of the COR, all of the data is summarized in the Common Outcome Data Reports. 

Have questions about the common outcomes report? Reach out to your FCSS Liaison, CS Consultant or UWAY Manager for support.

Funded agencies and partners can also follow along with important information through the Common Outcomes twitter account.

Logos

Edmonton FCSS builds on the strengths and capacities of individuals, families and communities, often through funding programs and partnerships. If your program or partnership has been supported by Edmonton FCSS we would appreciate the acknowledgement of our contribution by using the logos provided here. Please follow the visual identity standards set out by the City of Edmonton when using the logo.  

Logos (Zip File)

For More Information

Contact your FCSS Liaison

Title Community Investment Office
Telephone

780-496-4932

Email grants@edmonton.ca

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