FCSS approves grant funding
A few more community projects are getting a boost through grants from Lacombe and District FCSS and the City of Lacombe.
A total of $31,500 was doled out through the 2018 Community Grant Program last Thursday to support preventative social programming, and projects designed to promote or enhance the wellbeing of individuals, families and the community.
“Lacombe and District FCSS is pleased to partner with the city and community organizations to address community needs and help support individuals and families,” said FCSS Executive Director Susan MacDonald.
“The 2018 approved projects will benefit many in our community and also address the FCSS goal of providing supports across the lifespan.”
The biggest grant, awarded in the amount of $10,912, was given to Big Brother Big Sisters of Lacombe and District for their ongoing community mentoring efforts. During budget deliberations, Lacombe city council axed $10,000 in funding specifically for BBBS, and allocated extra to the Lacombe and District FCSS grant program with the hope that BBBS would receive that funding through the program.
Youth Unlimited, meanwhile was awarded two grants – one for $5,138 for their youth drop-in program, and another $3,062 for their Stepping Stones program while supports teenage mothers.
A total of $5,725 was given the Volunteer Link for their work in supporting local seniors.
Three new initiatives are also being supported through the grant program, including Connect Parent Group, which supports parents of children between the ages of 8-18 through the County of Lacombe Lifelong Learning Association ($4,600). The Kozy Korner Senior’s Centre was given $1,063 for new activities for seniors, and $1,000 was given to the Centre for Peace and Justice for facilitating conflict skills training workshops.
“The City of Lacombe appreciates the wide array of services provided to citizens via the not-for-profit sector and is pleased to collaborate to further enhance their contributions to our community,” said Brenda Vaughan, community services director for the city.