Creating Rural Connections

Through Education


– FCSSAA Rural Homelessness Estimation Project –

This call for proposals will remain open until 4 May 2018, 11:59pm MDT.
Late submissions will not be accepted.

The Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta (FCSSAA) has received funding through the Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) to assist communities with conducting homelessness estimation counts in rural Alberta. Estimating the number of people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless is a difficult task and faces unique challenges in rural areas. Some of these obstacles include large geographical areas, few or no resources to recruit and train volunteers, and few or no staff available to work on homelessness issues.

In June 2017, the ARDN published the Step-by-Step Guide to Estimate Rural Homelessness to assist rural communities in collecting data about people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in their local and regional areas. In order to help communities in rural Alberta meet these challenges and provide support throughout the process of conducting a homelessness estimation survey, the FCSSAA has now created a small grant program (maximum of $5,000) to be made available to eligible communities to help to offset some of the costs.

If your community, municipality, or not-for-profit is interested in applying for this grant, you must:

  • Complete and submit the online application form by May 4, 2018;
  • Agree to follow the methodology in the ARDN’s “Step-by-Step Guide to Estimate Rural Homelessness” (see link below). Please Note: some modifications have been made to the Guide for the purpose of this grant program. Steps 3 and 7 have been changed to reflect the online data collection method that will be used;
  • Conduct the homelessness estimation survey over a 30-day time period that must take place between September 1, 2018 and November 30, 2018.

Eligible organizations to apply for this funding include FCSS offices, municipalities, or not-for-profits in rural communities in Alberta where there is a desire to accurately estimate the number of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, as well as understand that population and what services are most in need.

For more information, please read the entire application form (linked below).

If you have any questions about the application process, please email Colleen Burton Ochocki, FCSSAA Project Coordinator, at coordinator@fcssaa.org.

Decisions will be made, and applicants notified of the results, by May 30, 2018.


Online Application Form

Step-by-Step Guide to Estimate Rural Homelessness

Letter of Support Template

This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy.




This expression of interest will remain open until 7 May 2018, 11:59pm MDT.
Late submissions will not be accepted.

The Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) is currently accepting applications for funding from organizations and municipalities outside the seven major cities in Alberta (Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Grande Prairie, Medicine Hat, Fort McMurray) who are interested in obtaining financial assistance to conduct activities specific to raising awareness and providing resources about opioids (fentanyl, oxycodone, heroin, etc.) and the opioid crisis. The Rural Community Opioid Outreach Program (RCOOP) will provide rural communities throughout Alberta with funding and support for local, community-driven opioid public awareness and education outreach.

Communities can apply for up to $5,000 in funding. While other projects may be considered, priority will be given to projects that:

  • Educate local community residents about opioids such as fentanyl, opioid overdose symptoms, and how best to assist people who have overdosed in local contexts (ie. if emergency services may not be immediately available)
  • Target groups that are over-represented in opioid morbidity and mortality (such as Indigenous peoples, men aged 25-39, women aged 40-59, etc.)
  • Conduct at least one public education session in their local community or region
  • Focus on reducing stigma and promoting harm reduction practices
  • Incorporate individuals with lived experience into community outreach sessions
  • Demonstrates access to other cash and/or in-kind support for project activities
  • Demonstrates collaborative work or partnerships with other local or regional service agencies (ie. through letters of support, etc.)

ARDN staff will provide support to your organization with setting up and advertising community sessions as well as developing educational materials.

Submission Details

Applications must be sent via e-mail to Julia Juco, Program Manager, at juliaj@ardn.ca with the subject line “Attention: RCOOP Submission – [your organization’s name]” no later than 11:59 pm Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) on 7 May 2018. Please use a read receipt to verify that your e-mail has been received. A confirmation e-mail will be sent upon receipt of an application.

Program Duration

Projects utilizing this funding can start as soon as an agreement with ARDN is signed. Projects MUST be completed no later than March 31, 2019, but can be of any duration within that period (ie. 3 months, 6 months, etc.)

Contact Information

To discuss your project idea or for more information, please contact Julia Juco (Program Manager) at juliaj@ardn.ca or 780-880-8022 (please call only between 9 am to 5 pm weekdays).

Please read the full expression of interest and application form (below) before submitting an application.


Rural Community Opioid Outreach Full Expression of Interest and Application Form



Save the Date!

Canadian Rural and Remote Housing and Homelessness Symposium 2018

The ARDN, in conjunction with the Alberta Rural Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (ARCH2), will be holding a national symposium on rural and remote homelessness and housing in Canmore, Alberta on October 24th – 26th 2018.

Details to follow soon!

 Step-by-Step Guide to Estimate Rural Homelessness

This step-by-step guide to estimate homelessness in rural communities was developed by the Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) through an Innovation microgrant from Employment and Social Development Canada. This guide incorporates cost-conscious, cost-efficient and reliable practices that cater specifically to the aspects of rural communities and the surrounding areas. The guide utilizes a new method for creating unique, anonymous identifiers for clients, and conforms to all necessary privacy and ethics regulations for Canada. With this step-by-step guide, we hope to aid rural communities in developing strategies to solve rural homelessness and to bring more awareness to homelessness in those rural communities. The ARDN is interested in wide-spreading this guide across Canada. Therefore, if you know anyone who may find use of this guide, please feel free to share it with those who may find this guide useful. As well, don’t hesitate to contact us to gain a better understanding of how this guide may be beneficial for your community’s homelessness endeavours.

Click here to download the guide.

Cliquez ici afin de télécharger le guide.

The ARDN is a not-for-profit partnership of nine Albertan colleges and universities. ARDN members work together to support and enhance the well-being of individuals and the vibrancy of communities. It draws on the strengths of rural communities, post-secondary institutions, and community-based organizations to assist in the development of rural Alberta through education, research, collaboration, and networking.

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