The County’s Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) program provides funding to non-profit organizations that enhance the social well-being of individuals and families.

The program currently funds child and youth programs, family life enrichment courses, senior’s programs, information and referral programs, and other preventive social support programs.

Available Funding

There are two funding opportunities available: 

  • General FCSS Funding
    • This funding is for larger programs that address local needs through established programming and proven outcomes. 
  • Special Project Funding NOW OPEN until May 15, 2024
    • This type of funding is generally for one-time, short term, or pilot projects that are $7,500 or less. 

Funding for programs starting January 1 or later of the subsequent year and must be spent in the same year.

No applications are accepted once all funding has been allocated. 

Application Forms

  • 2024 Special Project Funding – available until May 15, 2024
  • 2025 General Funding Application – will be available June 2024
  • 2025 Special Project Funding Application – will be available December 2024

Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must be a registered non-profit that serves Rocky View County residents. Individuals or for-profit groups and businesses cannot apply for funding. 

Funding cannot be used for: 

  • recreation; 
  • public health transportation; 
  • direct assistance, including money, food, clothing or shelter, to sustain an individual or family; 
  • rehabilitation; or 
  • duplication of services provided by other government agencies. 

Application Requirements

Applications must fall within one or more of the following criteria:

  • help people develop independence, strengthen coping skills and become more resistant to crisis;
  • help people to develop an awareness of social needs;
  • help people develop interpersonal and group skills which enhance constructive relationships among people;
  • help people and communities to assume responsibility for decisions and actions which affect them;
  • promote, encourage and facilitate the involvement of volunteers.
  • provide supports that help sustain people as active participants in the community.

Application Timeline for General FCSS Funding 

  • August 31. Application submitted 
  • September to November. Application reviewed for completeness, eligibility, and are in accordance with the County’s FCSS Bylaw C-7387-2023, (PDF). 
  • December. Decisions are communicated. 
  • January. A Memorandum of Understanding is signed, and first quarterly payment is issued to successful applicants. Quarterly payments are then made in April, July, and October. 
  • February 28 of the following year: A project evaluation is required if an application is successful based on a Program Logic Model. A Program Logic Model is a continuous improvement model that looks at the impact a program or service is having on a client’s knowledge, behaviour, or skills. The FCSS General Funding application uses this format to ensure our outcomes for residents lead to an improvement in their lives. 

Special Project Funding 

The process for Special Project Funding applications is similar; however, the timelines are dependent on when the application is received. Only one cheque for the total amount is issued. 

All applications must be in accordance with the Rocky View County FCSS Strategy and are screened to ensure: 

  1. Meet FCSS Act and Regulation including prevention; 
  2. Align with our vision/mission/values; 
  3. Consider the impact on our stakeholders, partners, and the overall social well- being of the County; 
  4. Bring people together and builds social capital; 
  5. Use research based best practices; 
  6. Are evidence based; 
  7. Are consistent with past successes; 
  8. Position us well for the future. 


FCSS Coordinator


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