Here comes 'Granta'Claus

By Geoff Lee

December 17, 2015 2:01 PM

Lloydminster Community Services delivered an early Christmas bonus to some of the city’s leading social network support groups.
Council approved the allocation of $422,479 from the Family and Community Support Services Grant program on the recommendation of the Lloydminster Community Grant Society at council on Monday.
FCSS funding is an 80/20 funding agreement from the Minister of Human Services Alberta.
For the first time in at least six years, the Alberta government under new NDP leadership has increased funding from $345,482 in 2015 to $465,585 for 2016.
However, only $389,480 is allocated by the grant society for 2016.
A total of $32,999 carried over from Lloydminster’s amended 2015 allocation for a total 2016 allocation of $422,479.
The city’s FCSS budget for its 2016 FCSS programs is $105,619 or 20 per cent of the total.
Under FCSS, communities design and deliver social programs that are preventative in nature to promote the well being of individuals, families and communities.
The grant society allocated the funds as follows:
• Association for Community Living: Family Leadership and Community Development Project, $4,200
• Big Brothers Big Sisters: Summer Adventure Program, $10,000.
• Big Brothers Big Sisters: In School Mentoring, $36,000.
• Catholic Social Services: Senior Connections, $40,000.
• Community Youth Centre: LCYC 2016 Outreach and Support, $50,000.
• Interval Home: Family Violence Prevention Program, $20,000.
• Learning Council Association: Building Capacity to Support Newcomers Program, $1,300.
• Libbie Young Centre: Community Education Program, $4,000
• Midwest Family Connections: Family Play and Learn in the Fun Zone, $8,600.
• Midwest Family Connections: First Step Initiative, $50,000
• Midwest Food Resources: Social Connections 2016, $4,000
• Native Friendship Centre: Engaging our People- $31,000
• Olive Tree: Outreach Worker: $50,000
• Sexual Assault and Information Centre: Sexual Abuse and Assault Education Program for Children, Youth and Families, $50,000.
• Walking through Grief Society: Walking Through Grief Society (Support), $9,000.
• Family and Community Support Services: Special Projects $54,379.
• City FCSS Programs: $105,619.75
Councillor Larry Sauer explained that there’s a committee made up of community people who use criteria that comes from the province.
“They review that and then they determine the allocations according to not only what they are asking for but where they see where it fits best,” he said.
He also explained the city FCSS programs are for youth and adults.
“Those special projects are in addition to what the other organizations don’t do, but what is needed,” said Sauer.
When asked if there are some groups that should be on the list, but aren’t, Sauer said all submission go to the community grant committee with no Council input.
“We aren’t involved,” he said.
“We take their recommendations (and) it’s just a matter of whether they meet the criteria.”

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