Family and Community Support Services staff presented the 2017 FCSS grant allocations to town council at the Monday, Jan. 23 regular meeting. A total of $60,000 was distributed to 12 local non-profit organizations as recommended by the FCSS Advisory Board.
The community grants are an annual program available to organizations that enhance the social well-being of individuals and families in High River and area, or who promote volunteerism in the community.
Organizations submitted applications in November and some of the criteria was that programs help people to: develop independence and strengthen coping skills; become more resistant to crisis; develop interpersonal and group skills; and enhance constructive relationships.
The 2017 community grants were distributed as follows:
· Big Brothers Big Sisters ($4,500)
· Boys and Girls Club ($4,800)
· Foothills Fetal Alcohol Society ($4,000)
· Foothills Victims Services ($4,000)
· Foothills Country Hospice ($4,000)
· Foothills Community Immigrant Services ($2,250)
· Foothills School Division – Family School Liaison Worker ($10,000)
· Foothills Special Needs Association for Parents and Siblings – SNAPS ($7,500)
· Junior Achievement ($450)
· Literacy for Life Foundation ($7,500)
· Rowan House: Branches Program ($5,000)
· Wild Rose Community Connections ($6,000)
The FCSS Advisory Board consists of dedicated High River residents that act as a voice for the community on issues related to social well-being. They carefully review all applications to the community grant program and make recommendations on how to best distribute the funds.