Governor Laura Kelly Announces More Than $21 Million in Grants for Crime Victim Assistance Programs

Governor Laura Kelly today announced the Federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance grant awards.

Community-based organizations and local and state agencies that provide services directly to crime victims are eligible to receive VOCA grant program funds. Direct services available to crime victims include crisis counseling, telephone and onsite information and referrals, criminal justice support and advocacy, shelter, transitional housing, and mental health services. The award recipients provide these services in response to the emotional, psychological, or physical needs of crime victims and survivors. VOCA funds help crime victims and survivors stabilize their lives after a victimization; understand and participate in the criminal justice system; and restore a measure of security and safety to their daily li

“The services made available by these funds will go towards supporting the many survivors of crime each year,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “I know these organizations will use the grants to continue providing the necessary care to people who count on these services in the aftermath of their traumatic experiences.”

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A total of $21,972,342 was awarded to 69 organizations.

2021 VOCA Grant Awards
County Organization Name Grant Award
Allen Hope Unlimited $346,637
Barton Barton County Attorney’s Office $42,947
Barton Family Crisis Center $547,129
Butler Butler County Attorney’s Office $39,800
Butler Family Life Center $92,318
Butler Sunlight Child Advocacy Center $265,979
Butler Tri-County CASA $56,217
Cloud North Central Kansas CASA $57,403
Crawford Children’s Advocacy Center $82,502
Crawford Safehouse Crisis Center $346,561
Douglas Douglas County District Attorney’s Office $48,725
Douglas Elizabeth Ballard Community Services Child Advocacy Center $89,572
Douglas The Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center $293,839
Douglas The Willow Domestic Violence Center $513,073
Ellis Options:  Domestic & Sexual Violence Services $541,208
Finney Family Crisis Services $338,733
Finney Spirit of the Plains $42,822
Ford CASA-Children Worth Saving $82,514
Ford Crisis Center of Dodge City $146,647
Ford Ford County Attorney’s Office $169,999
Ford Meadowlark House Child Advocacy Center $115,163
Geary CASA of the 8th Judicial District $45,572
Harvey CASA:  A Voice for Children $56,011
Harvey Harvey Co. Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Task Force $821,642
Harvey Heart to Heart $82,665
Jackson Jackson County Sheriff’s Office $82,388
Johnson CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties $162,000
Johnson Johnson County District Attorney’s Office $161,387
Johnson SAFEHOME $1,432,045
Johnson Sunflower House $617,151
Leavenworth Alliance Against Family Violence $184,908
Leavenworth First Judicial District CASA Association $217,183
Lyon SOS $579,463
Reno BrightHouse $467,708
Reno Horizons Mental Health Center Child Advocacy Center $146,711
Riley Crisis Center $272,028
Riley Kansas State University $330,799
Riley Riley County Police Department $71,127
Riley Sunflower CASA Project $236,787
Saline Child Advocacy & Parenting Services $193,983
Saline Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas $1,000,228
Scott Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center $787,501
Sedgwick CAC of Sedgwick County $743,763
Sedgwick Catholic Charities, Harbor House $431,807
Sedgwick City of Wichita Police Department $175,293
Sedgwick City of Wichita Prosecutor’s Office $112,902
Sedgwick Roots & Wings CASA $104,552
Sedgwick Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office $71,186
Sedgwick StepStone $285,842
Sedgwick Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center $691,510
Sedgwick Wichita Children’s Home $423,287
Sedgwick Wichita Family Crisis Center $718,123
Seward Liberal Area Rape Crisis/Domestic Violence Services $296,716
Shawnee City of Topeka Police Department $65,909
Shawnee Disability Rights Center of Kansas $688,930
Shawnee Kansas Department of Corrections $761,263
Shawnee Kansas Legal Services $793,540
Shawnee LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center $86,059
Shawnee Mothers Against Drunk Driving $156,992
Shawnee YWCA Center for Safety & Empowerment $513,764
Wyandotte Foster Adopt Connect $224,898
Wyandotte Friends of Yates $771,764
Wyandotte Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault $1,046,033
Wyandotte The Family Conservancy $201,221
Wyandotte Unified Gov’t of Wyandotte Co/KS City KS–Police Dept. $371,085
Wyandotte Veronica’s Voice $26,828
TOTAL $21,972,342


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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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