On March 17, 2020, the Alberta government announced additional emergency funding to charities, non-profits and civil society organizations through the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) program to support their COVID-19 response.
This funding will be provided immediately and will support social services in enabling social distancing, as well as supports and services for at-risk seniors and families facing homelessness, poverty and social isolation.
The Alberta government is currently working with stakeholders to reach those who are most impacted by COVID-19.
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 sustain 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
To access these grant funds, organizations must apply through the local FCSS Program; Nampa/Northern Sunrise County FCSS.
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.