Kansas Governor Laura Kelly Announces more than $6.4 Million in Grants

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly Announces more than $6.4 Million in Grants for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Programs, Children’s Advocacy Centers in Kansas

Topeka, KS (STL.News) – Kansas Governor Kelly Announces more than $6.4 Million in Grants for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Programs, Children’s Advocacy Centers in Kansas

Governor Laura Kelly announced the 2020 State General Fund Grant Programs funding awards for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Programs and Children’s Advocacy Centers.

“These services are oftentimes life-saving,” Kelly said. “From issues of domestic violence to children’s advocacy, it’s important that we provide the resources these important organizations and their staff members need to keep Kansans and our communities safe.”

In all, more than $6.4 million in grants were awarded to communities across Kansas.

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Grant Awards

The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault funds support the enhancement and expansion of sexual and domestic violence programs. The funds are used for support services, outreach and training for community-based programs located in large and small communities across Kansas.  These programs provide services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including emergency safe shelter, crisis hotline calls and crisis intervention, on-going counseling and support, and advocacy to help victims increase safety for themselves and their families.  These services for victims and survivors and their families are life-saving and assist them in transforming their lives.

The funds also are used to leverage federal funds to help expand services and improve responses across the state.  Without these funds, millions of federal dollars would not be available to help these vulnerable families or to increase safety in Kansas communities.

2020 SGF for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Grant Awards

County, Organization Name, and Grant Award

  • Allen, Hope Unlimited $152,625
  • Barton, Family Crisis Center, Inc. $257,210
  • Butler, Family Life Center $95,625
  • Crawford, Safehouse Crisis Center $253,004
  • Douglas, The Sexual Trauma and Abuse Care Center $127,875
  • Douglas, The Willow Domestic Violence Center $233,342
  • Ellis, Options: Domestic & Sexual Violence Services $220,144
  • Finney, Family Crisis Services $127,126
  • Ford, Crisis Center of Dodge City $75,157
  • Harvey, Harvey Co. Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Task Force $251,271
  • Johnson, SAFEHOME $276,097
  • Leavenworth, Alliance Against Family Violence $88,971
  • Lyon, SOS $244,783
  • Reno, BrightHouse $146,276
  • Riley, Crisis Center $391,604
  • Saline, Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas $381,950
  • Sedgwick, Catholic Charities, Harbor House $192,661
  • Sedgwick, StepStone $72,991
  • Sedgwick, Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center $299,762
  • Sedgwick, Wichita Family Crisis Center $214,856
  • Seward, Liberal Area Rape Crisis/Domestic Violence Services $191,732
  • Shawnee, Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence $412,531
  • Shawnee, YWCA Center for Safety & Empowerment $251,747
  • Wyandotte, Friends of Yates $376,263
  • Wyandotte, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault $180,610

TOTAL $5,516,213

Children’s Advocacy Centers in Kansas Grant Awards

The Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) are child-focused, community-oriented programs coordinating investigation and intervention services for abused children by bringing together professionals and agencies in a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary model.  The CAC model of collaboration is designed to ensure children are not revictimized by the systems designed to protect them by creating cohesion among professionals representing investigation, advocacy, medical, prosecution and treatment.  This team approach results in a more collaborative and efficient investigative process.  The unique model is designed to protect children and bring enhanced accountability to the system, increasing the opportunity for children to begin the healing process.

The CAC grant program provides funding to hire and train staff to provide sexual and physical abuse victims with child-sensitive forensic interviews; advocacy services for victims and non-offending caregivers; and coordinate multi-disciplinary case review teams and efforts across systems to enhance services.

2020 Children’s Advocacy Centers Grant Awards

County, Organization Name, Grant Award

  • Allen, Hope Unlimited $50,500
  • Barton, Family Crisis Center $62,938
  • Butler, Sunlight Child Advocacy Center $49,083
  • Cloud, North Central Kansas CASA $14,346
  • Crawford, Children’s Advocacy Center $43,861
  • Ford, Meadowlark House Child Advocacy Center $33,796
  • Harvey, Heart to Heart $48,237
  • Johnson, Sunflower House $116,238
  • Leavenworth, First Judicial District CASA Association $42,976
  • Lyon, SOS $50,290
  • Reno, Horizons Mental Health Center $67,304
  • Riley, Sunflower CASA Project $35,613
  • Saline, Child Advocacy and Parenting Services $38,990
  • Scott, Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center $49,095
  • Sedgwick, Children’s Advocacy Centers of Kansas $60,253
  • Sedgwick, Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County $116,023
  • Shawnee, LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center $61,195

TOTAL $940,738