Clearwater Regional Family and Community Support Services (FCSS)


  • Government of Alberta - Emergency Financial Assistance
    If you are facing an unexpected emergency, you can apply for emergency financial assistance.
    If you are an existing Income Support recipient, contact your support worker.
    Otherwise, apply online or by calling the 24-hour Emergency Income Support Contact Centre:

    Toll free: 1-866-644-5135
    TTY toll free: 1-800-232-7215 (ask to speak to Alberta Supports)
    Fax: 780-422-9681
    Email: (responses may take 1-3 business days)

  •  Government of Alberta Emergency Isolation Support
    Eligible working Albertans can receive a one-time emergency isolation support payment of $1,146 if they are required to self-isolate or are the sole caregiver of someone in self-isolation and they have no other source of pay or compensation. 
    If you need help completing your application, call Alberta Connects at 310-4455, open 7 days a week from 8 am to 8 pm. Please be patient as call volumes may be high. 

Volunteer opportunities

Clearwater Regional FCSS maintains a database of volunteers and volunteer opportunities. To get involved, please complete a volunteer application form and return it to

What is FCSS?

In brief, Family and Community Support Services...

  •  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; and   
  •  provide supports that help sustain people as active participants in the community.

Understanding FCSS - Chapter 1
Understanding FCSS - Chapter 2
The FCSS Story

The FCSS philosophy is based on a belief that self-help contributes to a sense of integrity, self-worth and independence. Programs are intended to help individuals adopt healthy lifestyles, thereby improving the quality of life and building the capacity to prevent and/or deal with crisis situations should they arise.

The provincial FCSS Program Handbook and Family and Community Support Services Act are available on the Alberta Human Services website.

Funding Documents:

Funding DocumentsOutcomes Measurement DocumentsSample documents
2020 CRFCSS Funding Application (Word)40 Developmental Assets for YouthSample Program Logic Model (ie: Family holiday party)
Sample Budget Spreadsheet (Excel)Outcomes Measures Bank: Children & YouthSample Survey (ie: Family holiday party)
Affordable Housing ApplicationOutcomes Measures Bank: Individuals, Families & CommunitiesSample Tabulated Survey (ie: Family holiday party)

Sample Program Summary Report (ie: Family holiday party)

Eligible programs and services

FCSS uses a “people helping people to help themselves” approach and offers a wide range of programs and services at the community level. Services provided under FCSS must be preventative and may include initiatives and programs that:

  • help communities identify their social needs and develop responses
  • promote, encourage and support volunteer work in the community
  • inform the public about services
  • support children and their families’ social development
  • help families enrich and strengthen family life and function more effectively in their own environment
  • enhance retired and semi-retired people’s quality of life

Ineligible programs and services

FCSS funding cannot be used for programs and services that:

  • are only focused on an individual’s leisure or recreational needs
  • provide an individual or family with basic living supports such as money, food, clothing or shelter
  • are only focused on rehabilitation
  • duplicate services provided by government or a government agency

The Family and Community Support Services: Program Advice Inventory Listing will assess program and service eligibility.

Block Party Toolkit

Block Parties are an excellent way for neighbours to connect.  When you know your neighbours, you feel a greater connection to your community.  You can exchange skills and resources and it’s a great crime prevention approach. It’s fun and no prior experience is needed in order to host. Download the Toolkit for a step-by-step guide on how to plan a Block Party. 

Temporary Road Closure Permit

Questions or Inquiries?

Please contact:

Andrea Vassallo                                                                             Rebecca Zezula

Clearwater Regional FCSS Manager                                             FCSS Program & Volunteer Coordinator

Box 1509                                                                                           Box 1509

5332-50th Street                                                                             5332-50th Street

Rocky Mountain House, AB                                                           Rocky Mountain House, AB

T4T 1B2                                                                                             T4T 1B2

403-847-5270                                                                                  403-895-2763                             

Your 2019/2020 Clearwater Regional FCSS Board of Directors