OLYMPIA — A state office has awarded more than $7.2 million in grants to 22 organizations throughout the state serving victims and survivors of crime.

Applicants in communities where services are unavailable or inadequate to meet needs received priority for this specific funding provided to states under the federal Victims of Crime Act.

The Office of Crime Victims Advocacy of the Washington State Department of Commerce disbursed the money. Seventy-seven applications were received.

The 22 applications funded in this round include locally: Brigid Collins House of Bellingham, $400,000; and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County, $324,609.

“Providing people with resources and support to assist their journey from crime victim to a position of safety, security and productivity is central to our mission of strengthening communities,” said Commerce Director Dr. Lisa Brown.  “This funding helps ensure a complete system of services for vulnerable children, adults and families throughout Washington state.”