Social Services Funding Support for COVID-19
The Government of Alberta has announced that emergency funding may be available to charities or non-profits organizations to support COVID-19 response by those stakeholders in their communities. To be eligible, the support must address the social well-being of those most affected by the pandemic and the measures implemented to limit the spread of the virus. Those impacted may include seniors, individuals with chronic medical conditions, caregivers, families with children at home, and individuals with limited access to supports. For full details, please refer to the “Funding Criteria” document attached.
If you are currently providing COVID-19 specific supports “to individuals, seniors, families and other vulnerable Albertans who are isolated or impacted by measures to contain COVID- 19”, your organization may be eligible for funding. Please read through the attached guidelines carefully – should you wish to apply, see the attached fillable funding request form for your use. Completed funding requests can be submitted through Town of Mayerthorpe FCSS and will then be forwarded to the FCSSAA (Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta) for consideration. It is important to note that this funding, although being distributed through FCSS, is not regular FCSS funding and does not specifically adhere to the FCSS Act and Regulations. The FCSS mandate does not apply.
You are encouraged to consider submitting an application. We encourage you to submit as soon as possible, and to have your request include funding requests for however long the service is estimated to be needed or provided. There is a limited availability of funding, and once it is depleted, it is unknown if additional funding will be available; if you only apply for one month’s worth of funding now, with the plan to submit another next month, there is the strong likelihood that the funding will already be depleted before your second submission. If you anticipate your service will be needed for three months, or six months, then include the full budget for the entire time period within your application.
It is also important to note that this must be specific to COVID-19 supports – “regular” supports are not eligible.
Town of Mayerthorpe will be accepting applications from organizations within Town as well Lac Ste. Anne County will be accepting applications on behalf of organizations providing services throughout the County, and as those serving the Town of Onoway, Village of Alberta Beach or any of the Summer Villages within the County boundary. Services being provided to Mayerthorpe and area can be submitted to Town of Mayerthorpe firstname.lastname@example.org or Lac Ste. Anne County dkerr@LSAC.ca.
Although the completed “Funding Request Form” will flow through the local FCSS programs, funding will be provided directly to the organization by the provincial FCSSAA (Family & Community Support Services Association of Alberta). Approvals for all funding requests will be at the discretion of the Government of Alberta.
Questions can be directed to Joanne St. Martin, FCSS Coordinator, by email email@example.com or by phone 780-786-2416.