Family and Community Support Services (FCSS)
The Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) program is an 80/20 funding partnership between the Government of Alberta and participating municipalities through which municipalities may design and develop preventive social services, provided at the earliest opportunity, to promote and enhance well-being among individuals, families, and communities. FCSS programs are intended to help individuals adopt healthy lifestyles, improve their quality of life, and build capacity to prevent and deal with crisis situations should they arise.
Participating municipalities are responsible for allocating joint FCSS funding at the local level to:
- deliver eligible preventative social programs and services themselves; or
- provide FCSS grants to community agencies to deliver the programs and services.
FCSS may include initiatives and programs that:
- help communities identify their social needs and develop responses;
- promote, encourage and support volunteer work in the community;
- inform the public about services;
- support children and their families’ social development;
- help families enrich and strengthen family life and function more effectively in their own environment; and,
- enhance retired and semi-retired people’s quality of life.
For additional general information regarding Family and Community Support Services, visit the Province of Alberta online.