Cochrane Family & Community Support Services and Cochrane and Area United Way Partnership Grants

Cochrane Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is a partnership between the Province and a Municipality or Metis Settlement that develops locally driven preventative social initiatives to enhance the social well-being of individuals, families and communities.

Every year, the Town of Cochrane, Cochrane Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) and United Way of Calgary and Area partner to provide grant funding for organizations that provide activities, programs and services that support the social well-being of individuals and families. 

Grants are available to organizations working to address local social needs within Cochrane and neighbouring area.

The Town of Cochrane appoints a FCSS Advisory Board that identifies funding priorities, reviews applications and makes recommendations for funding to Town Council. The strategy screen used by the Advisory Board is attached to the applications.

To be eligible, program/projects must:

  • Align with the FCSS mandate, and/or
  • Align with the United Way of Calgary and Area mandate

Cochrane FCSS supports projects that:

  • are preventative in nature, 
  • encourage and support volunteerism and collaboration/partnership, and
  • address identified community needs.

United Way of Calgary and Area supports projects that:

  • keep residents safe from abuse,
  • assist vulnerable populations in developing skills to create healthy futures, or
  • develop capacity in the community for programs to become sustainable.

Ineligible projects include: programs that are recreational or projects which duplicate services that are ordinarily provided by a government or a government agency.

Over the last five years the United Way has provided over $365,500 to local organizations working to address complex issues such as poverty, mental health, social isolation, domestic violence, intergenerational trauma and food security. On a yearly basis the Cochrane and Area United Way Partnership gives away approximately $90,000.

Successful applicants will be required to sign a funding agreement with the Town of Cochrane acting as fiscal agent for the Cochrane Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) and Cochrane and Area United Way Partnership and submit a final report which must be completed annually by Jan 31. 

If you have any additional questions regarding the funding process, please contact Kim Krawec, Manager, Cochrane Family & Community Support Services.


A measure question from the FCSS Measures Bank must be used in the application and determines if you the activities, programs and/or services fit into the funding approval criteria. 


Meet the groups who received funding in 2023 and address complex social issues in our community.

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If you are interested in making a donation to the Cochrane FCSS United Way Partnership, please donate below! 

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