Programs Supporting Municipal Capacity Building
Family and Community Support Services Program (FCSS)
Since 1966, the FCSS Program has supported the preventive social programming needs of local communities.
Allocation-based operating funding is available to all municipalities and Metis Settlements. Applicants indicate their desire to participate by submitting a letter to the Minister of Human Services. FCSS is a cost-shared program, contributing a provincial portion of 80 per cent, with a minimum 20 per cent coming from the municipality.
At the local level, a municipality or Metis Settlement Council that chooses to establish a program enters into an annual agreement with the Government of Alberta (Minister of Human Services). A request for funding can be sent to the Minister anytime, although the funding starts either January 1 or April 1 depending on program administration. Subsequent funding agreements are completed for each new calendar year. Municipalities or Metis Settlements wanting to withdraw from the program are required to provide the Minister with six months written notice.
For more information please visit the website using the link above.
Budget 2016-17: $101 million
Municipal Sustainability Initiative – Operating
Since 2007, municipalities have been allocated a total of $430 million in Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) Operating funding to meet the demands of growth, address local infrastructure needs, and enhance municipal sustainability.
All municipalities in Alberta i.e., city, town, village, summer village, specialized municipality, municipal district, improvement district, special area, Metis Settlement and the Townsite of Redwood Meadows Administration Society, are eligible for MSI Operating funding based on their grant allocation.
To receive MSI Operating funding, a single operating spending plan is required and must be approved by the Minister of Municipal Affairs. The operating spending plan must reflect eligible expenses. These include those related to: planning, capacity building, municipal services, assistance to non-profit organizations; eligible costs must be for the purpose of providing good government, maintaining facilities or other activities/services that are necessary or desirable for all or part of the municipality, or to support the development and maintenance of safe and viable communities.
Budget 2016-17: $30 million