Social services support for COVID-19

The Alberta Government is providing $30 million   to municipalities, charitable and non-profit organizations to provide help to individuals, seniors, families and other vulnerable Albertans who are isolated or impacted by measures to contain COVID-19.

Through grants from their local Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) in Edmonton and Calgary, and from Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta (FCSSAA) representing the remainder of the province, funding will be distributed to civil society organizations.

These organizations will support a range of services needed from at-home help for seniors, crisis and helplines, food security issues, emotional and mental health counselling or any other identified community issues.

Learn more about the guidelines for social services support for COVID-19 funding  .

Eligible services

For services to be eligible, they must address the social well-being of those most affected by COVID-19 and the measures implemented to limit the spread of the virus. Those impacted may include seniors, individuals with chronic medical conditions, caregivers, families with children at home and individuals with limited access to supports.

  • Services should align with one or more of the following funding priorities:
  • Help people maintain independence, build resiliency and strengthen their ability to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Provide supports to help sustain people remain members in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Fund civil society organizations to deliver projects for vulnerable Albertans who are in need during the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  • Coordinate services and programs to address the social well-being of vulnerable Albertans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ineligible services

Ineligible expenses include but are not limited to the following:

  • Any expense NOT related to addressing the social well-being of those most vulnerable due to COVID-19;
  • Offering direct assistance in the form of money or shelter;
  • Being primarily rehabilitative or health-focused in nature;
  • Purchase of any capital assets; and
  • Any costs required to sustain an organization that do not relate to direct service delivery under the project.

Application process

Organizations should contact their local FCSS to request funding for specific programs or services in their community. Funding for specific programs and services will not be distributed directly from the Alberta Government. All projects must adhere to government recommended procedures and standards pertaining to COVID-19.

Local community groups and charitable/non-profit organizations are asked to connect with Spruce Grove FCSS to confirm their eligibility, and receive support in developing project proposals and applications. It is our goal to work collaboratively with the community to help ensure local organizations can access the support and resources they need.

To apply, please follow these steps:

  1. Call 780-962-7618 to speak with City staff, confirm your eligibility and receive further instruction.
  2. Complete an application form  .
  3. Submit your application form by email to csd@sprucegrove.org .

Key contacts

City of Spruce Grove Community Social Development