Board of Crime Control Approves Grants of More Than $2.9 Million
HELENA – The Montana Board of Crime Control recently awarded grants worth more than $2.9 million to agencies around the state.
Funds went to programs and agencies focused on crime victims, violence against women, safe and drug-free schools and ending underage drinking. Grant funding began on July 1 and continues through June 30 of next year.
“The grants the Board approved are examples of the Board’s commitment to addressing issues of public safety and crime prevention,” said Board of Crime Control administrator Roland Mena.
Here’s a look at each set of awards, with lists of agencies and awarded amounts:
Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)
Grants of $1,445,900 went to 41 programs that provide direct services to crime victims. Particular consideration was given to programs serving victims of sexual assault, domestic abuse, child abuse and assault. VOCA money comes to the state via the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Victims of Crime.
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Block Grants
The Board awarded $749,700 to 21 programs statewide to implement the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA seeks to promote a coordinated approach to improving the criminal justice system’s response to violence against women. Agencies involved may include law enforcement, prosecutors, courts and victim advocacy organizations.
The Board appointed a committee of judges, prosecutors, law enforcement officers and victim service advocates to establish priorities for initiatives to be funded from these funds. VAWA funds are from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Grant
Grants worth $411,513 went to 20 programs around the state in an effort to implement drug- and violence-prevention programs for youth.
Priority was given to programs and activities for children who are not normally served by state education agencies or local educational agencies. Examples include populations that need special services or additional resources, like youth in juvenile detention facilities, runaways or homeless children, pregnant and parenting teenagers, and school dropouts.
Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws
Fourteen programs received $339,777 to support and enhance enforcement of underage drinking laws. Funds are from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention.