Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is a unique 80/20 funding partnership between the Government of Alberta and participating municipalities or Metis Settlements. Provincially the FCSS Program receives it mandate from the Family and Community Support Services Act and Regulation.
The Regulation sets out the service requirements that a municipality or Metis Settlement must meet to be eligible for funding. Section 2.1 (1)(a) of the FCSS Regulation states: "Services under a program must be of a preventative nature that enhances the social well-being of individuals and families through promotion or intervention strategies provided at the earliest opportunity". Section 2.1 (2)(b) states: "Services under a program must do one or more of the following:
help people to develop independence, strengthen coping skills and become more resistant to crisis;
help people to develop an awareness of social needs;
help people to 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;
provide supports that help sustain people as active participants in the community
Through a partnership with the Province of Alberta, Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) offers programs and services that allow residents to develop their interest and to contribute to the well-being of their families and communities. The County's FCSS Department works closely with affiliated FCSS offices in the City of Lloydminster, Town of Vermilion, Village of Kitscoty, Village of Marwayne and Village of Paradise Valley.
Limited funding is available to help implement preventative programs and/or programs designed to improve the quality of life in communities within the County.
To learn more about Family and Community Support Services in Alberta visit FCSSAA's website.
The County of Vermilion River is pleased to be able to support local organizations and facilities that provide recreation, arts and culture opportunities, enhance community spirit, encourage active participation along with community enhancement projects. For a complete listing of community enhancement funding, view the Community Enhancement Funding 2023 Year in Review media release.
The County of Vermilion River offers a broad range of grants and funding opportunities each year. The information provided in the above links is intended to connect individuals and non-profit organizations to these grants. To learn more about a specific grant or municipal funding click on the links above or contact Community Development at the County Office.
External Grant Opportunities
Clean Energy Community Fund - ATCO is committed to meeting the needs of a new and exciting energy future, which is why we have established the Clean Energy Community Fund to help municipalities, schools, not-for-profits, and registered charities pursue solutions, opportunities, and supporting education towards a more sustainable, net zero future. We will be giving a total of $150,000 in 2023 to organizations and programs within the ATCO Gas or ATCO Electric service area in Alberta. If your organization is eligible, you can apply to receive single-year funding of up to $15,000 to help with your projects or programs, large and small. Application Deadline: September 30, 2023
Civil Society Fund:Organizations can apply for a one-time grant to support an effective and sustainable recovery of the civil society sector.
Alberta Blue Cross Built Togetherhealthy communities grant program was created to help Albertans build spaces for active living in their community. Recipients receive a one time $50,000 grant to fund an infrastructure project in their community.
Makadiff Sport Participation "RESTART" Grant ProgramThe RESTART Program will offer targeted financial support totalling $300,000 to eligible grassroots sport organizations to assist in their recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 and in their preparations for a safe and proper 2021 recommencement of community sport during and post-pandemic.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart ProgramCanadian Tire Jumpstart is a community-based charitable program that helps kids in financial need participate in organized sport and recreation.
Communities ChooseWell Healthy Community Grant Every year, Communities ChooseWell offers a Healthy Community Grant to help support our ChooseWell Champions in developing an environment where healthy choices are easier, accessible to everyone and sustainable.
Co-op Community Spaces Co-op Community Spaces has been developed to help protect, beautify and improve spaces across Western Canada.
UFA Rural Communities Foundation The foundation is committed to giving $500,000 over five years to rural Alberta to improve the sustainability of farmers and ranchers in Alberta. Communities are encouraged to apply for projects that enrich education, recreation and culture.
The Cornerstone Co-op is offering scholarships to high school students that reside in their trading area.
Federation of Alberta Gas Co-op Achievement Award
The Federation of Alberta Gas Co-operatives has an annual scholarship for students entering first year diploma or apprenticeship programs at specific institutions across Alberta. Deadline to apply is OCT 1 - click here for more info
Women in STEM Scholarship
Women studying in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and working to advance gender equality in their field can apply.
Community Facility Enhancement Programs (CFEP)The Community Facility Enhancement Program provides financial assistance for the expansion and upgrading of Alberta's extensive network of community-use facilities. The program provides matching grants to Indian Bands, Metis Settlements, and registered community non-profit groups to build, purchase, repair, renovate, or otherwise improve related family and community wellness facilities.
Community Initiatives Program (CIP) The Community Initiatives Program supports project-based initiatives in areas such as community services, seniors' services, libraries, arts and culture, sports, education, and health and recreation. The maximum grant is $75,000 per project per year and applications can be submitted at any time. CIP funding is approved on a matching grant basis. The matching requirement may be met in the form of any contribution of money, volunteer labour, services, or donated materials or equipment for the project.
Cemetery Improvement Fund
The Cemetery Improvement Fund distributes funds towards local cemetery improvement projects. Projects may be for upgrades, improvements and major equipment purchases that are outside the normal operating expenses or for annual operational assistance.
Annual operating assistance of up to $250/year is available for each cemetery and capital projects are considered on an individual basis.
Click on the map to view all cemeteries in County of Vermilion River.
The County maintains a registry of the cemeteries that exist in the County of Vermilion River. The majority of these cemeteries are owned and operated by non-profit societies that also maintain the cemetery records. For information on cemeteries within the County, please contact the Administration Office.