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.
Eligible local agencies include charitable and non-profit organizations who provide a range of services such as at-home help for seniors, crisis and helplines, food security issues, emotional and mental health counselling and other identified community issues.
“We encourage our local agencies and organizations to apply for funding,” said Community Wellness Manager Debbie Posey. “These agencies are working daily with our residents and are the ones best able to identify where the gaps are. This funding would allow them to respond to the specific needs we are seeing in our community related to the COVID-19 crisis.”
These funds are specifically for additional supports and services to seniors and vulnerable families impacted by COVID-19. The funds are not for current community supports and services.
Organizations are encouraged to connect directly with the Okotoks Family Community and Support Services (FCSS) to receive detailed funding guidelines and grant criteria. All eligibility information and the application form can also be found on the Town’s website at www.okotoks.ca/FCSSfunding.
"FCSS is helping coordinate and facilitate this program on behalf of the province, and we can help ensure organizations have a good plan in place before they apply for this funding,” said Posey.
Groups are encouraged to contact FCSS for guidance on partnering with another organization prior to applying.
Agencies serving residents in several communities in the Foothills should reach out to a FCSS office in any of the communities they serve before submitting an application, to ensure the approach is coordinated.
Applications will be collected on an ongoing basis, and grant funding must be spent by March 31, 2021. For questions on the funding and application process, groups can call 403-995-6329 or online.