This year, Slave Lake Family and Community Support Service (FCSS) added a third round of grant applications, because of COVID-19.
Normally, the town has two rounds of FCSS grant applications, says Serena Weipert, Slave Lake FCSS Coordinator. One in spring and one in summer, for fall events. However, this year two of the three programs granted money in the spring weren’t able to hold their events, because of COVID-19 health restrictions. Then in the summer, no one applied, also because of COVID.
The new deadline for FCSS grants is September 25 at 4 p.m.. There is $30,000 of the yearly $35,000 up for grabs.
Registered charities which have received the grant in the past may reapply, says Weipert. “There doesn’t seem to be a cap.”
In the past, the Northwest Central Alberta FASD Services Network, the Lesser Slave Lake Regional Arts Council (SLSRAC), the Lesser Slave Lake Forest Education Society, the youth drop-in at Community Christian Centre, the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre, Slave Lake Victims Services, and the Slave Lake Wesleyan Church have all received grants.
With COVID restrictions being eased and people becoming more familiar with online platforms, Weipert hopes that many organizations will apply.
All programs or services must meet the FCSS eligibility criteria.
There are two sets of criteria, says Weipert. First, the program or service must “be preventative or enhance the social well-being of individuals and families.”
Second, it must do one or more of the following five things:
“help people develop independence, strengthen coping skills and become more resistant to crisis.
“help people 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.”
Some examples of how past applications have met these criteria are the Young@Art youth camp put on by the LSLRAC had cultural aspects, enhanced social well-being, encouraged kids to try new things, and to work in groups.
The Wesleyan Church’s past applications provided programs which enhanced social wellness.
The final decision on funds is made by town council. Successful applicants are required to fill out a final report.
The application can be emailed, mailed, or dropped off at the town office. Groups with questions can email Weipert at Serena.Weipert@slavelake.ca.