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Funding framework

FCSS provides funding to programs that align with the Social Sustainability Framework.

FCSS Social Sustainability Framework

Poverty and social isolation are risk factors that contribute to crime, family instability, child neglect and abuse, unemployment, and mental health issues.

The Social Sustainability Framework, was developed through extensive research and consultation with non-profit agencies and partners to outline how to most effectively address the issues and opportunities before us in Calgary.  The Social Sustainability Framework serves as a blueprint for social planning, investment decisions and funding practices.

FCSS Funding Priorities and Strategies

FCSS provides funding to programs that align with the Social Sustainability Framework.

We invest in programs and initiatives by reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors through addressing two overarching funding priorities:

  1. Strengthen neighbourhoods
  2. Increase social inclusion

These priorities are achieved through three strategies:

  1. Community Development
  2. Policy and Systems Change
  3. Prevention Programs

FCSS is committed to demonstrating the vital role that preventive programs and initiatives have in "moving the needle" on the two funding priorities by measuring specific outcomes. The table below outlines the outcomes identified with the funding priorities and strategies, and how the investment is evaluated.


​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Strengthen Neighbourhoods ​Increase Social Inclusion
Long-Term Outcomes​
  • to increase connections between people within neighbourhoods and boost their capacity to organize and take action
  • and to decrease (or not increase) concentration of poverty in select neighbourhood
  • ​to increase social inclusion of vulnerable Calgarians.
​Strategy Community Development (CD) ​​Policy and Systems Change Prevention Programs
CD programs must use The City of Calgary CD model to guide their work. The target for change is the neighbourhood. The focus is on building the capacity of its residents to work together to influence change, take action and address their neighbourhood's collective needs and interests.  All CD funded initiatives  will work in partnership with The City’s  community social wokers and within “neighbourhoods of focus” as identified by The City. ​Initiatives will focus on equity based initiatives designed to address root causes of vulnerability using a social justice, prevention lens. This work will include research informed advocacy, community organizing and cross-sector leadership. Initiatives will work to influence policy and systems change at the local, provincial and national levels with the aim of improving the lives of vulnerable Calgarians. Programs must focus on prevention at the earliest opportunity using evidence-based practices to increase the social inclusion of vulnerable children, youth, adults and families  in Calgary.  Programs focus on creating conditions or personal attributes that promote well-being of vulnerable people across the lifespan by reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors.
  • ​Residents have capacity to organize and take action on the interests and needs of the neighbourhood
  • Neighbourhoods are more socially cohesive and residents have improved social networks and connections
  • Neighbourhoods have more accessible, affordable quality programs, services and local amenities
  • Neighbourhoods have more good quality natural and built environment
  • There is growth in positive community economic development that benefits the economic well-being of residents
  • ​Development and advancement of a social justice, equity-based policy agenda to address root causes of vulnerability
  • Integrated social infrastrucutre with a prevention focus that is achieved through cross-sector collaboration, coordination and public will
  • ​Increased family cohesion
  • Increased positive social ties
  • Increased adult personal capacity and economic self-sufficiency
  • Increased positive child and youth development
Evaluation ​Year end reporting ​Policy and systems change reporting ​FCSS Social Inclusion Indicators (FSII) Surveys, and
year-end reporting

FCSS uses FCSS Social Inclusion Indicators 2016 to measure change before and after program participation. Every year, a Collective Impact Report 2015 is generated which demonstrates the collective impact of our investments through pre and post test measurements that help us to understand the difference our investments are making in the lives of Calgarians. 


FCSS Research Briefs

The following research briefs are a series of research and best or promising practice summaries commissioned by FCSS Calgary in 2014. These briefs are meant to guide agencies, funders and other organizations who are working toward increasing social inclusion and strengthening neighbourhoods. The emphasis is on preventive programming to avoid the onset or development of a problem, intervene at a very early stage of development or mitigate the risk factors associated with a particular issue. Each research brief provides an overview of a specific issue, as well as evidence-informed strategies to prevent it from occurring or escalating. Currently, there are six research briefs: