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December 15, 2016 
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Approves $1.7 Million in Grants from the NCAA/PSU Endowment Act Fund

Harrisburg, PA. — The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) has approved over $1.7 million in grant funding from the Endowment Act Fund. A total of 36 grants were approved for 30 different organizations throughout the Commonwealth who assist victims of child sexual abuse. 
“PCCD has and will continue to ensure that victims of child sexual abuse are getting the services they need,” said PCCD Chairman Josh Shapiro.  “Today is just one more example of our commitment to use Endowment Act funds to help child victims wherever they may be.”
Per the settlement agreement reached in January 2015, $48 million in monetary penalties imposed on the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) are deposited into a separate account in the state treasury. PCCD is charged with distributing those funds for the benefit of the residents of Pennsylvania and for the specific purpose of assisting child sexual abuse victims and adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
PCCD relies on the expertise of the Children’s Advocacy Center Advisory Committee (CACAC) to develop these funding announcements.  The CACAC, which is chaired by Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler, was statutorily created by Act 28 of 2014 to expand access to children’s advocacy centers and increase their availability to serve child victims of sexual and physical abuse.
Over $700,000 will be distributed to 15 service organizations that provide direct services to child abuse victims. This includes the hiring of counselors, therapists, and the support of innovative programs for victims. Nearly $1 million in funds will be distributed to 21 Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) to enhance services, including increasing the number of forensic interviews, medical examinations, victim advocacy and counseling services offered to child victims and their non-offending caregivers, and to develop satellites in underserved areas. More information on Endowment Act grants can be found online on our Endowment Act Information page

“These funds have their roots in the heinous acts committed by Jerry Sandusky but today is a day to be hopeful,” Chairman Shapiro said.  “Today we took another step in our collective efforts to help the most vulnerable among us, our children.”
PCCD follows a rigorous process in awarding competitive grants. More information on how PCCD awards grants can be found on our grants process webpage

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