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ARDN Rural Homelessness Data Estimation Counts: Call for Proposal

– 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

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.