FCSS grants dead­line fast ap­proach­ing

The McLeod River Post - - Family, Farm & Garden -

If you’ve got an idea for a pro­gram that could con­trib­ute to or im­prove your com­mu­nity, then look no fur­ther for the fi­nan­cial means to do so— FCSS grants are at your dis­posal.

Yel­low­head County still has Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Sup­port Ser­vices (FCSS) grants avail­able for 2017. The grants en­able County com­mu­ni­ties to de­velop or en­hance their own pro­grams and ser­vices. Th­ese pro­grams are usu­ally about im­prov­ing the so­cial well-be­ing of in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, and the com­mu­nity.

FCSS Su­per­vi­sor Wendy Robin­son shares: “The County has a lot of dis­tinct com­mu­ni­ties and we can’t pro­vide ser­vices and pro­grams in all of the ar­eas. Grants are a way for com­mu­ni­ties to cre­ate their own re­sources and also main­tain own­er­ship and re­spon­si­bil­ity, they truly re­flect the needs and strengths of in­di­vid­ual com­mu­ni­ties.”

Grants are avail­able for groups that want to of­fer work­shops, pro­grams or ser­vices that are so­cially pre­ven­tive in na­ture. As a re­sult, the FCSS Ad­vi­sory Board has iden­ti­fied spe­cific ar­eas for grants, in­clud­ing in­ter­gen­er­a­tional pro­grams, so­cial se­niors, mul­ti­cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties and child and youth projects. As well, a “Neigh­bourLink­ing” grant is avail­able for in­di­vid­u­als that would like to hold an event for neigh­bours to get to know each other, sim­i­lar to a block party in a town.

FCSS has been pro­vid­ing grants to com­mu­ni­ties and pro­grams for many years. An ex­am­ple of a grant project that has been lo­cally run and highly suc­cess­ful over the years is the Grand­par­ent Pro­gram run by the Wild­wood Se­niors, in part­ner­ship with the Wild­wood School.

FCSS grant ap­pli­ca­tions are re­viewed and ap­proved through the FCSS Ad­vi­sory Board. The board meets bi-monthly and will be ac­cept­ing grant ap­pli­ca­tions un­til Oc­to­ber 18th, for the Novem­ber 1st FCSS Board Meet­ing. Grant re­quests in ex­cess of $10,000 must be ap­proved by Coun­cil.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to re­quest a grant ap­pli­ca­tion pack­age, please visit the Yel­low­head County web­page or con­tact the Yel­low­head County Of­fice in Wild­wood at 780-325-3782.

FCSS is an 80/20 part­ner­ship be­tween the Pro­vin­cial Govern­ment and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. Its pur­pose is to sup­port the pro­vi­sion of pre­ven­tive so­cial ser­vices at the lo­cal level.

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