About FCSS Success Stories
SROI and Other Initiatives
Family & Community Support Services
Investing $1 in preventive social services yields a social return on investment of $6 - $13 in policing, justice and addiction treatment costs. Preventive programming has been shown to increase productivity in employment and contributions to society.
Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) is a joint municipal-provincial funding program established to support and fund preventive social services. The program, governed by the Family & Community Support Services Act since 1966, emphasizes prevention, volunteerism and local autonomy. The provincial and municipal governments share the cost of the program. The Province contributes up to 80 per cent of the program cost and the municipality covers a minimum of 20 percent. In Calgary, City Council has made a commitment to contribute more than the minimum requirement and has provided 30 per cent of the program cost since 2012.
Who benefits from FCSS programs?
FCSS funds well-established community organizations to assist in increasing social inclusion and strengthening neighbourhoods.
All FCSS-funded agencies and programs receive assistance to ensure their work reflects evidence-based best or promising practices in prevention science.
The Impact of the FCSS Program
The 2014 FCSS Annual Report is now available, as well as success stories from our partner agencies about individuals supported by FCSS programs.
Council Policy on FCSS
In 2011, City Council adopted the FCSS Policy to inform and guide the work of FCSS Calgary and its relationship with funded agencies. Anyone interested in FCSS, and those receiving funding, are strongly encouraged to review this policy.
Conditions of Funding Agreement
All agencies approved by City Council for program funding are required to sign a Conditions of Funding Agreement, which outlines the terms of the contract between the agency and FCSS Calgary.
All programs considered for FCSS funding are assessed based on a set of FCSS Funding Principles, which can be used to inform program design and implementation.