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Community Development Funding

The Community and Protective Services Department administers the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) grant, which is used to support the design and delivery of preventive social services programs that promote and enhance the well-being of individuals, families and communities.

The Municipality works with the Government of Alberta and non-profit organizations to ensure that the objectives and conditions of the program are met on an ongoing basis.

Program Objectives

The objective of FCSS is to support community development services that are of a preventative nature by:

  • Providing non-profit organizations access to funding, resources and support on an annual basis to promote and facilitate the development of a stronger community.
  • Promoting public participation in planning, delivering and governing the program and services provided under the program.
  • Promoting and facilitating the use of volunteers.
  • Promoting the efficient and effective use of resources.
  • Promoting and facilitating co-operation and co-ordination with allied service agencies operating within the municipality.

Application Process

The Community and Protective Services Department allocates operating funding annually to non-profit organizations through the Community Development Funding program. A call for applications for this grant is advertised with a strict submission deadline.

Recommendations are forwarded to the Community Services Committee for approval. Once an applicant is successful, the group or organization must sign a funding agreement with the Municipality prior to the allocation being disbursed.

Eligibility Guidelines

Organizations applying for funding must:

  • Address social issues through locally developed and delivered programs and services that focus on helping individuals (e.g., children and youth; families, including single-parent families; adults, and seniors) in order to build caring communities that support social well-being.
  • Be registered as a non-profit organization under the Societies Act.
  • Follow the guidelines of the Family and Community Support Services Act and Associated Regulations.

Ineligible Expenses

Services provided must not:

  • Be primarily for the recreational needs or leisurely pursuits of individuals.
  • Offer direct financial assistance to sustain an individual or family.
  • Be primarily rehabilitative in nature.
  • Duplicate services that are ordinarily provided by a government or government agency.

Approved Uses of Grant Funds

The non-profit organization must provide services that do one or more of the following:

  • Enhance the social well-being of individuals, families and the community.
  • Help people develop independence, strengthen coping skills and become more resilient during crisis situations.
  • Help people develop an awareness of social needs.
  • Help people develop interpersonal and group skills.
  • Help people and communities assume responsibility for decisions and actions that affect them.
  • Provide support to encourage people to become active participants in the community.

Evaluation Criteria for Assessment and Approval of Application for Funds

Category Weight
Application qualifications 10%
Partners and support 15%
Budgets 20%
Outcomes 25%
Program service plan 30%
Total 100%

(Scores are compared with all other submissions. The maximum possible weight is 100.)

Reporting Requirements

To ensure accountability, the Municipality requires semi-annual and year-end reporting, including updated project logic models, outcome measures and financial statements from the funded group or organization.

Key Dates and Timelines

Application deadlines:

  • Call for applications – November 10, 2016
  • Application deadline – December 20, 2016
  • Grant distribution – by April 30, 2017

Recipients are required to complete their project within one year of receiving grant funding.

General Conditions

A condition of accepting funding is that the Municipality has the authority to examine successful recipients’ records at any time to ensure that grant funds are being used in the manner originally agreed upon. Any funds not used for the project as described in the agreement may have to be returned.

The Municipality, in conjunction with the Community Services Committee, reserves the right to allocate Community Investment Program funding in such a manner as deemed to be in the best interest of the Municipality.

Contact

Community and Protective Services Department
9909 Franklin Ave.
Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2K4
780-743-7940
CIP@rmwb.ca

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