Burns: $656,000 in state grants awarded to local justice, victims’ programs

Grants mark major investment in local programs

EBENSBURG, Dec. 9 – Today state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, was thrilled to announce several major state grants, totaling more than $656,000 to fund law enforcement, justice and victims’ services in Cambria County.

“Today we mark another major investment in our local community,” said Burns, who has fought for criminal justice investment and is the founder of the Blue Lives Matter Caucus. “By funding these programs we’re not only making our communities safer, but we’re helping the unfortunate victims of crime as well.”

The grants awarded Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency in Cambria County included:

  • Cambria County Probation, $162,000 to help fund operations;
  • Women’s Help Center, $125,000 to support the Cambria County STOP Project, to investigate domestic violence and support victims;
  • Cambria County Child Advocacy Center, $47,000 to support victims of child abuse;
  • Victim Services Inc., $220,000 for programming in Cambria/Somesert counties;
  • Cambria County Commissioners, $73,176, to support victims of juvenile offenders;
  • Women’s Help Center, $29,553, in additional funding for victims’ rights services.

Over the last several years Burns has secured millions for Cambria County law enforcement and justice initiatives, part of his commitment to supporting local law enforcement.