Updated on April 17, 2020
Effective April 21, 2020, the Government of Alberta will be temporarily suspending applications for the $30 million in emergency social services funding to charities, not-for-profits and civil society organizations to support their COVID-19 response. Government has received over 600 applications. Current applications are being reviewed, and approvals for urgent requests will occur before reopening intake of applications.
The Alberta Government is providing $30 million to municipalities, charitable and non-profit organizations to provide help to individuals, seniors, families and other vulnerable Albertans who are isolated or impacted by measures to contain COVID-19. Of the $30 million, a total of $14 million has been allocated to support communities outside of Calgary and Edmonton.
Agencies applying for funding are required to complete an application form and submit it to their local FCSS program. There is no deadline for applications and they will accepted on an ongoing basis. All funds must be used by March 31, 2021.
NOTE: these funds are not for current supports and services provided to the community. They are to provide additional supports and services to seniors and vulnerable families impacted by COVID-19.
Please contact the Okotoks FCSS Program if you have any questions about your proposed program and its eligibility. If you are looking for funding in multiple communities please contact us prior to submission so we can advise you on how best to proceed.
For services to be eligible, they must address the social well-being of those most affected by COVID- 19 and the measures implemented to limit the spread of the virus.
Those impacted may include seniors, individuals with chronic medical conditions, caregivers, families with children at home and individuals with limited access to supports. Services should align with one or more of the following funding priorities:
- help people maintain independence, build resiliency, and strengthen their ability to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic;
- provide supports to help ensure people remain members in the community during the COVID- 19 pandemic;
- fund civil society organizations to deliver projects for vulnerable Albertans who are in need during the COVID-19 pandemic; and
- coordinate services and programs to address the social well-being of vulnerable Albertans during the COVID-19 pandemic
Examples of Eligible Services
- Services to allow individuals, seniors and families who are isolated to have their home needs met, including home support and support services for children and families. Examples include: transportation or delivery of goods, such as groceries or prescriptions, housekeeping services, caregiver relief and other services.
- Services to build capacity and strengthen volunteer work in the community. Examples include: food and meal service delivery, grocery shopping, helplines, volunteer support coordination, out of pocket expenses for volunteers and information services.
- Provide alternate ways of supporting individuals and families so people can function within this new environment. Examples include: telephone mentoring, counselling/emotional mental health supports and supports to help address economic and food security needs.
- Expand or supplement efforts to provide information and referral services and telephone/online support. Examples include: crisis/distress lines, 211 services, promotion of information and services, posters and signage.
Ineligible expenses include but are not limited to the following:
- Any expense NOT related to addressing the social well-being of those most vulnerable due to COVID-19
- Offering direct assistance in the form of money or shelter
- Being primarily rehabilitative or health-focused in nature
- Purchase of any capital assets
- Any costs required to sustain an organization that do not relate to direct service delivery under the project
The United Way/Okotoks Partnership provides funding to non-profit organizations for programs that address social needs of Okotoks and area residents.
Our Funding Focus: Strong Communities – Lasting Impact...committed to increasing positive social outcomes for Okotoks and area
2020 Funding Application Deadline has been extended to April 8, 2020.
Funding Applications will be accepted until March 29, 2019.
To apply, please complete the 2020 United Way/Okotoks Partnership Funding Application
2020 EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Wednesday, April 8, 2020
2020 FUNDING PRESENTATIONS: Tuesday, April 28, 2020 *subject to change
Reports are due by January 31, 2020. Reports are to be completed on the United Way database.
Each year grants for funding are available for non-profit community organizations and social service groups that are involved in the delivery of preventive social services to residents in Okotoks. Organizations interested in receiving funding have the chance to apply each year and must meet provincial funding criteria. The grant application period typically opens in mid October and closes around November 30th of each year, with funding presentations being held in January.
Agencies applying for funding are required to complete an application form and present to the Family and Community Support Services Committee. All funds must be used in the calendar year in which they were received.
2020 Funding Application Deadline: November 29, 2019
2020 Funding is closed.
2020 Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) funding deadline was November 29, 2019.
2020 FUNDING PRESENTATIONS were scheduled for the evenings of:
- Tuesday, January 14, 2020
- Wednesday, January 15, 2020
- $259,000 in FCSS funding will be available in Okotoks for 2020.
Please complete the 2020 FCSS Regional Funding Application. Refer to the FCSS Regional Funding Application Instructions and Attachment 1: FCSS Measures Bank Provincial Priority Measures to complete the application form.
Completed applications can be emailed to FCSS (see online contact form on the right hand side of page)
If you have any questions about your application please contact the Okotoks FCSS office at 403.995.6329.
Reports were due by January 31, 2020. These can be completed by filling out the grey boxes on your 2019 Regional FCSS Application Form.
The innovation fund is for pilot projects that are innovative or add a new/enhanced element to an existing program while still meeting the FCSS funding criteria. Agencies are welcome to apply for the innovation fund in addition to other grants.
There is currently no Social Innovation funding available.
2019 Funding Reports
2019 funding reports are due by January 31, 2020.