PITTSBURG, Kan. — Two local organizations that provide services to victims of crime have been awarded more than $440,000 in grants, state officials recently announced.

Safehouse Crisis Center will receive $252,753 through the 2021 State General Fund (SGF) for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Grant Awards program, along with $67,721 through the 2021 Federal Family Violence Prevention & Services Act Grant Awards program, Gov. Laura Kelly’s office announced Monday. Pittsburg Children’s Advocacy Center, meanwhile, will receive $47,953 through the 2021 Children’s Advocacy Centers Grant Awards program.

"COVID-19 has kept us in our homes more than usual, and for some households, this has worsened the forces of domestic violence and sexual assault," Kelly said in a press release. "We have a responsibility to do all we can to protect vulnerable Kansans, and I am hopeful this grant money will provide support to those who need assistance and assurances of safety the most."

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office also announced late last week that Safehouse Crisis Center was awarded two grants, one for $21,000 to help pay for its Child Exchange and Visitation program, and another for $46,650 to provide shelter and advocacy services. Pittsburg Children’s Advocacy Center received $5,400 for operating expenditures.

"Organizations across Kansas do great work every day to support victims of crime," Schmidt said in a release. "We are proud to support these organizations through the victims services grant programs."

The awards announced by Schmidt’s office were made from the Protection from Abuse Fund, the State Child Exchange and Visitation Centers Fund, and the Children’s Advocacy Centers Fund. The Protection from Abuse Fund is funded by State General Fund appropriations, marriage license fees, county court costs and municipal court assessments. The State Child Exchange and Visitation Centers Fund is funded through marriage license fees and State General Fund appropriations. The Children’s Advocacy Centers Fund is funded through the remittance of applicable fines, penalties and forfeitures from clerks of the district courts.

This year, the attorney general’s office awarded nearly $2.6 million in grants to local and state crime victim assistance organizations. The 2021 grants to local organizations announced by Gov. Kelly’s office, meanwhile, were part of more than $7.8 million awarded statewide.