Lac La Biche County’s FCSS and Community Development department focuses on social programs that enhance residents’ quality of life and wellbeing, encourage personal growth and strengthen the community. The department works alongside other local and regional organizations to build partnerships and further a sense of community belonging.
FCSS stands for Family and Community Support Services. This is a joint endeavour between the provincial government and municipalities. See below for more information about Lac La Biche County FCSS, or click here to find out more about the FCSS Association of Alberta.
For general inquiries about FCSS and Community Development, please call (780) 623-6745 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Outreach Workers: (780) 623-6726 or (780) 623-6754
FCSS Coordinator: (780) 623-6819
Paratransit Bus Service: (780) 623-6763
Parent Link / Child Mind Service: (780) 623-6365
Facebook: @llbcountyFCSS / @llbparent.link
The FCSS and Community Development office is located at the Bold Center (8702 91 Avenue, Lac La Biche, Alberta).
Family and Community Support Services
What is FCSS?
Lac La Biche County FCSS is a partnership between the County and the Government of Alberta that supports preventative social services in the community. Both the local and provincial governments fund the program, and an advisory board composed of four County residents and two County councillors makes programming decisions. This ensures the program’s goals and actions are aligned with the community’s needs. Click here to read the County’s FCSS Board Bylaw.
How can FCSS help me?
FCSS activities include grant programs, information and referral services (including assistance for seniors), volunteer recognition and supports, community events, various courses and workshops, hosting interagency meetings, and much more. FCSS is here to help connect social programs and services with the people who need them.
FCSS recognizes and supports the role that non-profit groups play in delivering programs. There are two types of FCSS grants available to help fund preventative and developmental programs for individuals and families in the community.
- Grants under $2,500 are reviewed at monthly FCSS Board meetings. Applications must be received at least 14 days prior to the meeting at which they will be reviewed.
- Grants over $2,500 are reviewed at monthly FCSS Board meetings. Applications must be received by April 30 for the current fiscal year, or October 31 for the current or subsequent fiscal year.
How can my organization apply for FCSS grants?
Before applying, please read the FCSS Grant Guidelines. Applications can be mailed to Lac La Biche County or submitted in person at the Bold Center. Applications can also be sent by e-mail to email@example.com in PDF format.
Click here to view and download FCSS grant application forms. If your organization receives a grant, completion of a Grant Report to summarize the grant's impact is required. Please call (780) 623-6819 for more information about this step.
Lac La Biche County FCSS gave $38,940 in grants to local organizations in 2016.
Lac La Biche County Interagency
The Lac La Biche County Interagency is a group of service agencies and community members who meet to share information and ideas, and discuss current trends and issues that affect residents’ quality of life. All interested groups and individuals are invited to attend bi-monthly meetings. There is always an open seat at the table.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more, or if you would like to present at the Interagency’s next regular meeting. FCSS and Community Development also maintains a list of agencies and residents who want to be kept informed about local programs and services between meetings.
Community Programming and Services
One of FCSS and Community Development’s main responsibilities is observing what is happening in the community, identifying gaps in local social programs and services, and finding ways to fill them. The department’s activities change frequently, so up-to-date information is posted on Lac La Biche County FCSS’ Facebook page.
Parent Link and Child Mind
Early childhood is a critical period of personal growth, and it can be a very fulfilling but also a challenging time for families. Parent Link and Child Mind are available to help parents and caregivers with youngsters. Parent Link delivers child-focused programming and information for families, while Child Mind provides a drop-in childcare service at the Bold Center.