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The Governor’s Kansas Complete Count Committee has been working hard to get the word out statewide about the importance of the Census.  They’ve done well:  Kansas is ranked #13 among the states with a census return rate of 67.4.  But we have several larger counties that have low return rates--Finney, Ford, Seward—as well as a number of smaller rural counties that also stand to lose significantly if their residents aren’t counted.  You can explore the map here:  https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html

The 2020 Census is critically important to the future of Kansas and its communities.  Census data will determine the apportionment of billions of dollars in federal funding over the next decade to support everything from school lunches to highways to public safety.  And the amount of federal grant funds the KGGP receives to distribute to local communities.  Bottom line:  please think about what you can do to help get Kansas Census numbers up over the next 45 days. 

Thank you for your assistance in this important project. 

ICYMI: Governor Laura Kelly Op-ed – Commission on Racial Equity and Justice

Key Quote: “That’s why I am announcing that I am convening a diverse and qualified group of Kansas stakeholders, including members of law enforcement and advocacy groups, to form the Commission on Racial Equity and Justice. Its purpose is to develop and recommend policy actions my administration can take to create meaningful and lasting change.”

 Governor Laura Kelly: Commission on Racial Equity and Justice

The Community Voice
Governor Laura Kelly
June 24, 2020

Last month, millions of Americans saw video footage of a Minneapolis police officer with his knee on the neck of George Floyd for nearly nine minutes, killing Mr. Floyd. Black men and women being killed at the hands of law enforcement is not new. In March, Breonna Taylor, was killed in her own home by Louisville police officers. But now, cell phones and body cameras have forced many who have never faced discrimination, threats, or violence from the police, to reckon with the fact that our system has failed many of our communities.

Floyd’s death, Taylor’s, and others, like Ahmaud Arbery, moved millions, not just in America, but around the world to demand their leaders make fundamental changes to how police interact with communities that have been empowered to protect.

Racial inequality and injustice have been part of our nation’s history from the beginning. People of color -- especially our Black and brown communities -- have encountered barriers to employment, to educational opportunities, to health care, and to housing.

The recent protests over police brutality and institutional racism are part of a long tradition used by Civil Rights activists to compel our country’s leaders to address racial inequality. Americans have once again stood up and raised their voices demanding reform, accountability, transparency, and their constitutionally-guaranteed rights for all. As elected leaders we must listen, we must learn, we must act.

As Governor, I am committed to ensuring this latest tragedy does not fade into the next news cycle. Communities of color do not have the luxury of time for leaders to ignore these issues any longer. Systemic racism within law enforcement must end.

That’s why I am announcing that I am convening a diverse and qualified group of Kansas stakeholders, including members of law enforcement and advocacy groups, to form the Commission on Racial Equity and Justice. Its purpose is to develop and recommend policy actions my administration can take to create meaningful and lasting change.

COVID-19 has brought innumerable challenges to Kansas and our country, but it has also provided an opportunity to awaken many to inequities that exist at every level our society. We must seize this moment to engage Kansans, to root out the causes, and to make definitive change.

How we move forward will depend upon the willingness of people on both sides of the aisle and of every creed and color to find common ground. Change occurs when we allow ourselves to put our differences aside, work through our shared values to have honest conversations and create real solutions.


News Release


For Immediate Release:
July 14, 2020

Lauren Fitzgerald, Press Secretary

Governor Kelly Announces More Than $6 Million in Federal Funding to Respond to Coronavirus

Funding targets state, local jurisdictions, and domestic violence support and prevention

TOPEKA— Governor Laura Kelly announced $6,202,603 in grant awards to state and local jurisdictions in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus, as well as funds to support families impacted by domestic violence.

“My administration continues to work to ensure Kansans and the communities impacted by COVID-19 have the resources they need to fight the spread of the virus” Governor Laura Kelly said. “These grants are thorough and purposeful examples of how we can direct funds across the state, especially to some of our possibly overlooked areas in need. We know domestic violence is an issue that has been amplified by the pandemic, and this funding will provide support services to those who need them the most.”

The grant awards for the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Federal Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program will provide funds to state and local jurisdictions in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus. Allowable purchases include overtime, equipment (including law enforcement and medical personal protective equipment), hiring, supplies (such as gloves, masks, sanitizer), training, travel expenses (particularly related to the distribution of resources to the most impacted areas), and addressing the medical needs of incarcerated inmates.

The CESF Program is authorized by Division B of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES), Act Pub. L. No. 116136 (Emergency Appropriations for Coronavirus Health Response and Agency Operations) and is supplemental to the $1.25 billion Kansas received through the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) authorized by the same legislation.  

Only the State Administrating Agency (Kansas Governor’s Office) that applied under the Federal Fiscal Year 2019 State and Local Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program is eligible to apply for the state allocation of CESF funding.

A total of $5,912,074 was awarded to 30 state and local agencies.


CESF Grant Awards


Organization Name

Grant Award


Barton County



Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office



City of Fort Scott



Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office



City of LeRoy



Coffey County Sheriff’s Office



Crawford County Sheriff’s Office



Ellsworth Police Department



City of Garden City



City of Dodge City



Ottawa Police Department



City of Attica



City of Newton



Jackson County



Marion County Emergency Management



City of Inman



Miami County Sheriff’s Office



City of Independence



Coffeyville Police Department



Neosho County Sheriff’s Office



Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office



Pratt Police Department



Reno County Health Department



City of Kechi



City of Valley Center



Kansas Bureau of Investigation



Kansas Department of Corrections



Kansas Highway Patrol



Kansas Judicial Branch



Wilson County






The grant awards for the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Federal Family Violence Prevention and Services Program’s Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, P.L. 116-136 are used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency by supporting families impacted by family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence.

This supplemental funding addresses the evolving needs of domestic violence survivors and local domestic violence programs throughout the state to ensure the continuity of shelter and supportive services. 

Funds will be used for overtime and hazard pay for staff, supplies needed for COVID-19 response, equipment and software to assist in carrying out remote services, and direct victim assistance.  Funding may also be used to purchase supplies for the safety of staff and operate shelters and programs during this public health emergency.

Grant funds were distributed to current Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) subgrantees based on incorporating an equally distributed base amount, population of service area, and the number of COVID-19 positive cases as of the date the solicitation was released.

A total of $290,529 was awarded to 19 agencies.




Organization Name

Grant Award


Hope Unlimited



Family Crisis Center



Family Life Center



Safehouse Crisis Center



The Willow Domestic Violence Center



Options: Domestic & Sexual Violence Services



Family Crisis Services



Crisis Center of Dodge City



Harvey Co. Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Task Force






Alliance Against Family Violence









Crisis Center



Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas



Catholic Charities, Harbor House



Wichita Family Crisis Center



Liberal Area Rape Crisis/Domestic Violence Services



Friends of Yates








Please note, the September 2020 KAVA will be a fully online course.  Applications for the September 2020 KAVA have closed, but applications are accepted year-round for the next year’s KAVA.  2021 dates will be released later this year. 

Subgrantee Information


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 2021 Crime Victims' Rights Conference
April 14 - 15,  2021
Hyatt Regency | Wichita, KS

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