This ‘Updates’ page is an information hub for FCSS funded agencies. Information posted will include, key announcements, significant dates and deadlines, as well as relevant research or community news and events that may be useful to program operations or staff development. It is updated quarterly, so please bookmark this page and visit frequently.
FCSS Update – October to December 2016
Oct 19: 2016 Annual Reports due; RSVP deadline for FCSS Data Day
Oct 26: FCSS Data Day from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Nov 1: FCSS Partner Organization Information Update due
FCSS funding recommendations and updates
2016 Call for Funding Proposals update:
FCSS funding recommendations approved.
On Sept 26, City Council approved the funding recommendations resulting from the Call for Proposals held in April. After a thorough review of the applications by FCSS Administration, extensive community consultations, and a review by the Standing Policy Committee (SPC) on Community Protective Services and City Council, we’re pleased to welcome these new programs and organizations. See a complete list and a description of each of the approved FCSS funded programs in 2016 through their theories of change.
FCSS multi-year funding reviews now complete. Final funding applications for 2017 and beyond were due on Sept 23, 2016.
2017 FCSS funding recommendations will go to the SPC on Community Protective Services on Nov 30 and to City Council for approval on Dec 19. Council-approved organization contracts will be sent out shortly afterwards.
FCSS reports, data and framework
FCSS Data Day will take place on Oct 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Triwood Community Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW). Please send a representative to join us and learn more about how you are each contributing to FCSS Calgary’s collective impact story. Register for Data Day by Oct 19, 2016.
2016 FCSS Annual Reports from organizations are due on Oct 19, 2016. This is earlier than previous years as the FCSS funding review dates have been moved up to coincide with the calendar year. Note: Please base your report on intake data and volunteer numbers from Oct 1, 2015 to Sept 30, 2016.
FSII Horizontal Reports are now available to FCSS funded partners. To learn more about your individual program’s impact, please contact your Social Planner for more details.
The Social Sustainability Framework review is well underway. FCSS consulted with partner organizations and the community from Sept 14 to 28. Deborah Bartlett, Bartlett Consulting, is now completing the stakeholder engagements, which includes consultation with a broad range of stakeholders including FCSS-funded partners. Individual interviews and specific sessions with Indigenous groups are also taking place and an online survey will be offered in October to obtain additional feedback. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to provide input, please watch for the survey. For further information contact Paula Salter at firstname.lastname@example.org or Deborah Bartlett at email@example.com
FCSS Partner Organization Information is due by Nov 1. It’s important that we have an update of your organization’s current information, including board members. Please complete your personalized form and send to FCSS@calgary.ca.
FCSS Calgary Forum Update
The FCSS Calgary Forum held its first meeting on Sept 27. The Forum (which combines the former FCSS Advisory Committee and the FCSS Sustainability Forum) provides an opportunity for FCSS staff, organization representatives, and other stakeholders to work together to increase the profile of FCSS in Calgary.
September’s meeting focused on setting priorities on how to achieve the group’s goal of increasing the visibility and financial stability of the FCSS program and the preventive social services sector. To bring a topic forward for the next meeting, contact any of FCSS Calgary Forum members.
FCSS Survey: Thank you for participating in the 2016 FCSS Organization Survey. Your feedback is very important to us as we strive to support you better.
FCSSAA membership invitation: The FCSSAA Board would like to extend an open invitation to local FCSS funded agencies to become Associate Members. Complete the Associate Member Application Form with the annual membership fee of $125.00.
Workshop offer from the Centre for Suicide Prevention: From now until March 2017, the Centre for Suicide Prevention is inviting community organizations and charities to attend their suicide prevention workshops at a reduced rate. Participating in their workshops enables organizations to equip their staff with the skills needed to respond to a person at-risk of suicide. See their invitation for more details.
Increase awareness of FCSS Calgary
Upcoming meeting with your board or an elected representative? Use this handy one-page FCSS summary to describe how Calgarians continue to benefit from FCSS-funded programs and services with your board and local elected representatives. You can also request hard copies from firstname.lastname@example.org.
The FCSSAA has a simple and powerful video (only three minutes) that talks about the impact of FCSS programs in Alberta. Use this video at your next board meeting or presentation.
If you have any questions, feel free to email the FCSS team at email@example.com.
Feel free to access the FCSS Updates Archive.