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The City is launching an open call for funding proposals for the Family & Community Support Services (FCSS). Eligible non-profit organizations that provide preventive social service programs are invited to apply for funding.

FCSS is a unique funding partnership which enables the delivery of preventive social programs that improves the lives of Calgarians experiencing vulnerabilities. This partnership, which sees a cost sharing model between the Government of Alberta and The City, has been in place for over 50 years. FCSS is designed to be a long-term funding source for the preventive social service sector in Calgary.

As such, organizations have not had the opportunity to apply for new FCSS funding since 2016. Over the past few years, the needs of Calgarians experiencing vulnerabilities have changed, and non-profit organizations have continuously adapted their services to respond. Through this call for funding proposals, organizations can submit an application for programs that are responsive to the emerging issues affecting Calgarians. This call for funding proposals is directed at organizations currently receiving FCSS funding, as well as those that are new to FCSS. An open call for funding proposals marks a significant shift from the historic practice of only allowing current partners to reapply for funding.

Organizations that currently receive FCSS funding may apply for funding for their current programs, different programs, or both. This change will balance stability with an equitable and transparent funding process.

Sean Chu

Sean Chu arrived in Calgary from Taiwan in 1985 speaking not a word of English, and within 7 years he was a sworn officer with the Calgary Police Service. From that point on Sean worked with the Calgary Police Service as on Officer for 21 years in a number of roles until 2013.

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