Burns encourages victim service providers, child advocacy centers to apply for funding opportunity

EBENSBURG, July 18 – State Rep. Frank Burns said he wants to alert victim service providers and child advocacy centers of a grant opportunity to support their efforts in meeting the needs of children who are victims of physical or sexual abuse.


Burns said the funding originates from Act 1 of 2013, also known as the “Endowment Act,” which directs the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to expand the monetary penalty imposed on the Pennsylvania State University by the National Collegiate Athletic Association to aid victims of child sexual abuse in the commonwealth. Approximately $500,000 in funds is available and a total of 10 grants, with a maximum amount of $50,000, are anticipated to be funded through this initiative.


"This funding can go a long way to assist local victim service providers who are helping children who suffered such abuse get the services and support they need and deserve to help to heal,” Burns said.


Applicants for these grants must visit the following link and choose “Endowment Act-CACs & Victim Service Providers: https://www.pccdegrants.pa.gov/Egrants/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx. The application deadline to apply is Aug. 16.


Approved applications will be one-year projects and have a beginning date of Jan. 1, 2020, and an end date of Dec. 31, 2020. Child advocacy centers and sexual abuse victim service providers that do not currently have a grant under this program are encouraged to apply.


Burns added that any 72nd Legislative District entity that needs help preparing a grant application can contact his Portage office at 814-736-7339 and ask for Brittany Blackham, who serves as in-house grant writer/assistant.