Clearwater Regional Family and Community Support Services (FCSS)

Location & Hours of Operation

5110-50 Ave, Rocky Mountain House
(Former Post House)

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday to Friday

Questions or Inquiries?

Please contact:

Andrea Hardy
Clearwater Regional FCSS Manager

Get Social!

Find us on Facebook or Instagram!

You can also visit the Clearwater Regional FCSS Interagency Facebook page.

Volunteer opportunities

Clearwater Regional FCSS maintains a database of volunteers and volunteer opportunities. To get involved, please contact

What is FCSS?

In brief, Family and Community Support Services...

  •  help people to develop independence, strengthen coping skills and become more resistant to crisis;    
  •  help people to develop an awareness of social needs;    
  •  help people to develop interpersonal and group skills which enhance constructive relationships among people;    
  •  help people and communities to assume responsibility for decisions and actions which affect them; and   
  •  provide supports that help sustain people as active participants in the community.

Understanding FCSS - Chapter 1
Understanding FCSS - Chapter 2
The FCSS Story

The FCSS philosophy is based on a belief that self-help contributes to a sense of integrity, self-worth and independence. Programs are intended to help individuals adopt healthy lifestyles, thereby improving the quality of life and building the capacity to prevent and/or deal with crisis situations should they arise.

The provincial FCSS Program Handbook and Family and Community Support Services Act are available on the Alberta Human Services website.

Funding Documents:

Funding DocumentsOutcomes Measurement DocumentsSample documents
2024 CRFCSS Funding Application (Word)40 Developmental Assets for YouthSample Program Logic Model (ie: Family holiday party)
Sample Budget Spreadsheet (Excel)Outcomes Measures Bank: Children & YouthSample Survey (ie: Family holiday party)
Affordable Housing Application (Word)
Affordable Housing Application (PDF)
Outcomes Measures Bank: Individuals, Families & CommunitiesSample Tabulated Survey (ie: Family holiday party)

Sample Program Summary Report (ie: Family holiday party)

Eligible programs and services

FCSS uses a “people helping people to help themselves” approach and offers a wide range of programs and services at the community level. Services provided under FCSS must be preventative and may include initiatives and programs that:

  • help communities identify their social needs and develop responses
  • promote, encourage and support volunteer work in the community
  • inform the public about services
  • support children and their families’ social development
  • help families enrich and strengthen family life and function more effectively in their own environment
  • enhance retired and semi-retired people’s quality of life

Ineligible programs and services

FCSS funding cannot be used for programs and services that:

  • are only focused on an individual’s leisure or recreational needs
  • provide an individual or family with basic living supports such as money, food, clothing or shelter
  • are only focused on rehabilitation
  • duplicate services provided by government or a government agency

The Family and Community Support Services: Program Advice Inventory Listing will assess program and service eligibility.

Block Party Toolkit

Block Parties are an excellent way for neighbours to connect.  When you know your neighbours, you feel a greater connection to your community.  You can exchange skills and resources and it’s a great crime prevention approach. It’s fun and no prior experience is needed in order to host. Download the Toolkit for a step-by-step guide on how to plan a Block Party. 

Temporary Road Closure Permit

Clearwater Region Social Needs Assessment

A Social Needs Assessment was carried out in an effort to determine the social needs of residents in the Clearwater Region.  This assessment involved the development of a community profile, a review of key documents, and the collection of data through a comprehensive engagement process consisting of resident surveys and in-depth interviews.  The information assembled during this assessment was summarized into findings and key themes and twelve priority areas.  

Read the final report here (opens in a new window as a PDF)

Seniors Social Needs Assessment

 This project was funded through an Aging Well in Place grant from the Government of Alberta. It began in 2019 and was finished in early 2020, right before the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Read the final report here (opens in a new window as a PDF).

Helpful links:

Facebook (CRFCSS Interagency)