What is FCSS?
Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is an 80/20 funding partnership between the province, municipalities and Metis settlements. This partnership between local municipal governments and the provincial Children & Youth Services Ministry provides provincial funding that is matched with local tax dollars on an 80/20 share basis. The funding is then used to support and develop locally driven preventive social services initiatives.
Under FCSS, communities design and deliver social programs that are preventative in nature to promote and enhance well being among individuals, families, and communities. The programs depend on community resources, often involving volunteers in management and delivery. The programs developed are intended to help individuals in their community to adopt healthy lifestyles; thereby improving the quality of life and build the capacity to prevent and/or deal with crisis situations should they arise.
FCSS emphasizes local decision-making for programming, based on the belief that communities have the desire, energy and resources to build community capacity. Each municipality determines how the dollars they receive should be allocated to best meet the needs of their community so FCSS programs are unique to each community.
FCSS helps bring people together to share information and to develop partnerships to meet the needs identified by the community. In Okotoks, FCSS supports the following partnerships and programs:
- Okotoks Family Resource Centre
- Local Non-Profit Organizations through FCSS Grants
- Community Access Program (subsidized transportation)
- Okotoks Interagency
- Healthy Okotoks Coalition
- United Way/Okotoks Partnership
- Life Skills Programs (offered through Community Programs)
- Okotoks Youth Centre
- Okotoks School Age Care Centre
- Community Consultations on Social Issues
Meeting Agenda & Minutes
The FCSS Advisory Committee Meetings are open to the public and are held the first Wednesday of each month in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Centre from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.