Non-Profit Resources and Grant Opportunities

Cochrane Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) and Cochrane and Area United Way Partnership Grants

Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is a partnership between the Province and a Municipality or Metis Settlement that develops locally driven preventative social initiatives to enhance the social well-being of individuals, families and communities.

Every year, the Town of Cochrane and United Way of Calgary and Area partner to provide grant funding for organizations that provide initiatives & programs that address the social well-being of individuals and families. The application has been developed with prevention, early intervention and community development as foundational program delivery strategies for reaching our overarching goals and priority outcomes.

Cochrane Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) and Cochrane and Area United Way Partnership grants are available to organizations that provide new/current programs or projects within Cochrane and area. The program/project must support individuals and strengthen communities and be preventative in nature.

The Town of Cochrane appoints a FCSS Advisory Board that identifies funding priorities, reviews applications and makes recommendations for funding to Town Council. The strategy screen used by the Advisory Board is attached to the applications.

2022 Grant Applications now closed.

Check back in August 2022 for 2023 Grant Application information. 

There are two funding sources available:

New! Under $3,000

This funding is intended to assist local organizations to host special events or programs which promote the social well-being of the community.   This new funding stream is designed to support one-time, short term or pilot projects.

$3,000 and over

This funding is intended to assist local organizations offering programs and services that address local social needs.  This funding stream is designed to support established programs with proven outcomes. 

To be eligible, program/projects must:

  • Align with the FCSS mandate, and/or
  • Align with the United Way of Calgary and Area mandate

Funds are allocated based on the mandates of both FCSS and the United Way of Calgary and Area. 

Cochrane FCSS supports projects that:

  • are preventative in nature, 
  • encourage and support volunteerism and collaboration/partnership, and
  • address identified community needs.

United Way of Calgary and Area supports projects that:

  • keep residents safe from abuse,
  • assist vulnerable populations in developing skills to create healthy futures, or
  • develop capacity in the community for programs to become sustainable.

A survey question from the FCSS Measures Bank must be used in the application and determines if the program/project fits into the funding approval criteria. There are questions noted at the end of application to be used.

Ineligible projects for both applications include: recreation, duplicate services that are ordinarily provided by a government or government agency.

Successful applicants will be required to sign a funding agreement with the Town of Cochrane acting as fiscal agent for the Cochrane Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) and Cochrane and Area United Way Partnership and submit a final report which must be completed by Jan 31, 2023. 

If you have any additional questions regarding the funding process, please contact Kim Krawec, Manager, Cochrane Family & Community Support Services.

Forms

Final Measures Bank – Family & Community (excel)

Final Measures Bank – Child & Youth (excel)

Alberta Government – FCSS Act

Alberta Government – FCSS Regulation