Area programs receive grants

CHARLESTON – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has announced the awarding of $12,769,410 in total grant funds to 157 justice and community service programs statewide. Grant funding will be used to develop new and innovative programming and enhance existing initiatives to further safeguard West Virginia’s communities and state justice system.

The total grant funding was allocated to programs offered by the Division of Justice and Community Services as follows: $1,643,815 in Child Advocacy Center Grant Funds, 21 grantees; $6,498,744 in WV Community Corrections Grant Funds, 25 grantees; $2,873,850 in Victims of Crime Act Program Grant Funds, 56 grantees; $163,676 in Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Funds, seven grantees; $184,000 in Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Title II Program Grant Funds, 9 grantees; $1,352,325 in Justice Assistance Grant Funds, 36 grantees; $53,000 in Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws Program Grant Funds, three grantees.

Locally, the Randolph-Tucker County Children’s Advocacy Centers received $85,384 to be used for a staff person who will provide training opportunities to the multidisciplinary team and other staff members and strengthen the overall program at the Randolph and Tucker County Child Advocacy Centers.

Mountain CAP of West Virginia, Inc. in Upshur County received $70,829 to be used to provide a unified system of response to allegations of sexual or severe physical abuse and/or neglect, while also providing a safe, neutral, child-friendly site where additional trauma for the victim is significantly reduced.

The Randolph County Commission was awarded $235,894 while Upshur County Commission was awarded $204,678 to be utilized for the continued operation of community corrections programs in Randolph, Pocahontas, Upshur and Lewis counties.

A grant for $28,001 was given to the Randolph County Commission to provide for a portion of the salary of a full-time Victim Services Coordinator in the Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to provide services to crim victims in the county.

Randolph, Barbour and Upshur counties will share in a grant of $147,702 for Women’s Aid in Crisis. These funds will provide for a portion of the salaries of a Shelter Manager in Randolph County, a Barbour/Tucker County Outreach Coordinator, an Upshur County Outreach Coordinator, A legal Advocate in Randolph County. These positions provide direct services to victims of domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault.

The Upshur County Commission was awarded $20,000 to provide one Prevention Resource Officer at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School.

Community Connections, Inc. in Randolph, Pocahontas, Jackson and Wyoming Counties was awarded $34,499 grant to be utilized for the purpose of the West Virginia Underage Drinking Enforcement Program to work in cooperation with the FOUR County Community Anti-Drug Coalitions to create a comprehensive prevention strategy geared to keeping youth alcohol free. The program will include a small local public education campaign, cooperation with law enforcement, bi-monthly compliance checks, student outreach and coalition