MOREHEAD – Two local non-profit agencies will receive grant funds to support crisis intervention services for Victims of Crime Act (VOCA).

DOVES of Gateway will receive $540,000 and Gateway Children’s Advocacy Center will receive $242,858. These totals are part of a larger $37.9 million grant that also will benefit 132 other programs in Kentucky.

“We are so very thankful for this VOCA award. We’ve been awarded VOCA for the last 26 years, this is the largest award we’ve ever gotten in our history,” said DOVES Executive Director Kelli Petronella. “This money will help us do EVERYTHING… VOCA monies help us fulfill our mission every single day.”

Gateway Children’s Advocacy Center will use funds to help open a new office in Elliott County which will additionally provide coverage for Carter and Morgan counties.

“We are blessed to have a strong, committed network of victim advocacy programs and providers who are willing to step up and support Kentuckians in times of hardship and crisis,” said Gov. Matt Bevin in a press release.

Monies for this grant are provided by criminal fines, forfeitures, special assignments, and gifts or donations. It is not tax subsidized.

The grant will support crisis counseling, shelter, therapy and advocacy in the criminal justice system.

Grants funds originate from the Office for Victims of Crime in the U.S. Department of Justice. Kentucky’s Justice Cabinet administers the grant.

The current grant cycle includes 14 child advocacy centers, 16 domestic violence shelters, 13 rape crisis centers, eight law enforcement-based programs, 34 prosecutor-based programs, six legal aid programs and 20 court appointed special advocates programs.

Additionally, 30 awards will benefit community-based services, state and local government programs, sexual assault nurse examiners, pediatric forensic services, and statewide coalitions.

Programs must demonstrate a history of effective services, organizational and fiscal capacity, and a commitment to continued training and collaborative efforts to qualify.

Cory Claxon can be reached at cclaxon@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.

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