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September 18, 2014 9:37 AM

The City of Lloydminster is inviting all nonprofit groups who programs that they need help funding to submit applications for the 2015 Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Program funding.

Patrick Lancaster, manager of community and cultural services, said that FCSS grant application process is a way for different community groups who want to run preventable social services programs to access funding to achieve their goal.

Lancaster said that applications can be submitted from now until the middle of October.

“The application process went out on Sept. 4, and closes on Oct. 20, after that, the grants will be reviewed by the grant’s advisory boards, and from there the recommendations will go from the board to city council where they will get approval,” said Lancaster.

Typically, this takes place in late November, but it is dependent on the administrative turn around time.

Lancaster said that organizations that applied for funding will get the funding typically within the first two months of the new year.

“That time frame is completely dependent on the approval from the province,” he said.

Groups that can apply for the funding can range, according to Lancaster.

“Any non-profit organization who wants to run programs can submit an application, being eligible for the funding is dependent on the program that is being submitted,” he said.

“We are not funding the agency, but we are funding the program. That program has to be of a preventative social services nature.”

Lancaster said that there some criteria in place, including encouraging and facilitating co-operation and co-ordination with allied services and agencies operating within the city;

Encourage efficient and effective use of resources; promote, encourage, and facilitate the development of stronger communities; Promote, encourage, and facilitate the involvement of volunteers; and promote citizen participation in planning, delivery, and the governance of the program and of services provided under the program.

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