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April to June 2016 updates

  • The application period for the 2016 Call for Funding Proposals is now closed. Please see the Call for Funding Proposals page for next steps.

  • The 2015 FCSS Annual Report is now available. If you would like a print copy, please contact us at fcss@calgary.ca.

  • Looking for a good summary of the FCSS program to share with your members and stakeholders? See our summary about the value of FCSS Calgary and how Calgarians continue to benefit from FCSS-funded programs and services. If you would like hardcopies to share at upcoming meetings, please contact us at fcss@calgary.ca.

  • Coming November 1, 2016, all businesses and organizations, including not-for-profit organizations, will be required to recycle just like we do at home. With businesses and organizations contributing over 1/3 of all the waste going to City landfills, giving Calgarians an opportunity to do the right thing and recycle at home, work or play will make a big difference. More information and lots of helpful resources are available online at calgary.ca/businessrecycling or by calling 311.

 

March 2016 Update

  • The City of Calgary will be announcing a 2016 call for funding proposals for non-profit organizations operating within the Calgary city-limits by early April 2016. Information will be announced via all available City channels. Stay tuned.

January 2016 Update

  • During the 2016 January 25 meeting, Council unanimously approved the 2016-2018 FCSS funding recommendations. This action is a testament to the reach of FCSS in the community and the impact of the programs our partners deliver. Many thanks to all of you who continue to do such great work in strengthening our neighbourhoods and increasing social inclusion.
  • Key highlights of the 2016-2018 funding recommendations include:
    • Agencies approved for FCSS funding will receive their contracts in the mail shortly.
    • Agencies who currently have a multi-year contract will receive an email outlining the process for adjusting their budget.
    • All currently-funded agencies will see an 8.9 per cent increase to their base budget, which will be retroactive to 2015.

  • Thirty programs will see an additional increase (over and above the 8.9 per cent increase to base budgets).
  • FCSS Calgary will issue a Call for Proposals in Spring 2016 to allocate the additional provincial funds. More details to be shared in the coming months.
  • Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming 50th Anniversary community celebration of the FCSS program in Alberta and the release of the 2015 FCSS Calgary Annual Report. 
 

December 2015 Update

  • FCSS Calgary received an increase of $2.8 million, as part of the Government of Alberta’s 2015 Interim Supply budget announced in June. We plan to allocate these additional funds to our currently-funded partners through the regular 2016 funding recommendation process.
  • We will send our funding recommendation notice to our partners on January 4, 2016, and present them to our FCSS Calgary Board on January 15, 2016. If you anticipate being on holidays during this time, please ensure your delegates are aware of this timeline.
  • As part of Budget 2015 announced in October, the Government of Alberta announced an additional $15 million to the FCSS program province-wide. We anticipate receiving this increase before the end of the provincial fiscal year, which is March 31, 2016. FCSS Calgary partners will be able to access these funds through a call for funding proposals in 2016. We will provide more information about this process in the new year.
  • We received the 2015 Year-End Reports from currently-funded agencies in November. We will present our collective impact to the community in Spring 2016. Feel free to access the 2014 Annual Report.
  • Thank you to all our agencies for participating in the 2015 Annual Agency Survey. We will use the results to continually improve the FCSS Calgary Program.

 

Other Updates

  • The new Fair Entry process makes applying for fee-subsidized City services easier. One application allows Calgarians to have their income level assessed for all five subsidy available programs and services. For more information, visit calgary.ca/fairentry or call 311.
  • The federal government plans to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by 2016 February. For more information, visit the City’s website at Calgary.ca/Syria.
  • The Calgary Police has a new tool that will help officers dealing with emergencies involving people with a disability and are asking Calgarians that qualify to register. Calgarians can register by visiting the Calgary Police website.
  • Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) has created an emergency preparedness guide for persons with disabilities. The guide offers practical advice on how to prepare for an emergency or disaster if you have a disability, and provides guidance for those assisting others with a disability. Download the Persons with Disabilities Guide or call 311 to have one sent to you.
  • The Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) and Emergency Preparedness Initiative of Calgary (EPIC) have launched a new website with resources to help your non-profit organization prepare for any emergency.