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Family & Community Support Services

Investing $1 in preventive social services yields a social return on investment of $6 - $13 in policing, justice, addiction treatment costs. Preventative 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 enhanced 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 is to cover a minimum of 20 percent. In Calgary, City Council has made a commitment to contribute more than the minimum requirement and allocated 30 per cent of the program cost for the 2012-2014 budget cycle.

Who benefits from FCSS programs?
FCSS funds well-established community organizations to assist in increasing social inclusion and strengthening neighbourhoods. FCSS makes a difference.

All FCSS-funded agencies and programs are supported to ensure their work reflects evidence-based best or promising practices in prevention science.

The Impact of the FCSS Program
The 2013 FCSS Annual Report is now available.

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 and other stakeholders. Anyone interested in FCSS, and those receiving funding, are strongly encouraged to review this policy.

Council Policy CSPS008: Family and Community Support Services Policy

Conditions of Funding Agreement

All agencies approved by City Council for program funding are required to sign a Conditions of Funding Agreement.

Conditions of Funding Agreement

Funding Principles

All programs considered for FCSS funding are assessed based on a set of FCSS Funding Principles 2015, which can be used to inform program design and implementation.