Carstairs FCSS & Community Resources

Family and Community Support Services Office
Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
315 10 Ave, Box 370 Carstairs, AB 
Phone: 403.940.3327

Family and Community Support Services (FCSS)

Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is a unique 80/20 funding partnership between the province and the municipalities. The program is committed to designing and delivering social programs that are preventive in nature to promote well-being among individuals, families, and communities. Carstairs FCSS funds and partners with local organizations to provide programs and services that are flexible and responsive to emerging family and community needs.

2019 FCSS Community Grant Program

Carstairs FCSS provides annual grant opportunities for preventative social programming to non-profit groups working in the Town of Carstairs. These groups must meet the eligibility criteria set out by the FCSS Mandate. Grant applications are now available for 2019 applicants (link below). Deadline for 2019 grants is November 23, 2018.

2019 Funding Application

FCSS Measures Bank Provincial Priority used in conjunction with the funding application

Programs being funded in 2019:

Healthy Families
Seniors Programs
Chinook Arch Victim Services - Volunteer Training
NexLevel Teen Challenge
Rein Forth Equine Therapy
Under My Skin
Family School Wellness
          Carstairs Elementary School
          Hugh Sutherland School
MVCALS -  Books for Babies
Mountain View Emergency Shelter - Outreach Programs
Mountain View Parent Link Centre - Early Parenthood Project
Rainbows and Reflections
Winds of Change
Parenting Fair
Friends of the Carstairs Library - Backpack Program

FCSS Community Resources

2018 Community Resource Listing 

Seniors Resources

Access to Food  

Click to find a listing of local organizations that are able to help provide solutions for finding food sources.


The Carstairs FCSS Subsidy Program allows up to six one hour short term solution focused counselling sessions. Click on the Counselling link to download the application and information form.
Carstairs FCSS works with the following counsellors:

Robin Popowich
Be Better Hypnotherapy
Phone: 403.605.2809

Dee Bremner
Desanges Therapy Services
Phone: 403.669.9600
Email: desangestherapy@gmail.com

Volunteer Tax Preparation

The Volunteer Income Tax Program is offered through the Town of Carstairs FCSS and the Canada Revenue Agency. This program provides free tax preparation for low-income people with simple returns. Eligibility is based on income (those who are self employed do not quality). From the beginning of February to mid-April, tax forms may be dropped off Thursdays and picked up the following Thursday at the Town office.

Child Care Registry

The Child Care Registry provides child care-givers and care-seekers NON-SCREENED information about child care options in the community. This service is for:

  • Child care providers (day homes, youth babysitters, off-hours providers, play schools, casual care)
  • Parents or guardians looking for childcare