Pa. opens up grants to nonprofits, vulnerable to hate crimes, looking to shore up security | Tuesday Morning Coffee

January 5, 2021 7:01 am

The Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh. (Capital-Star photo)

Good Tuesday Morning, Fellow Seekers.

The Wolf administration has opened up applications for this year’s round of $5 million worth of grant money for nonprofit organizations, vulnerable to hate crimes, that are looking to shore up their security.

The state’s Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program was authorized by legislation signed into law in November 2019. Its creation was spurred by the deadly attack on Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue the year before.

The first round of grants were awarded last year.

In a statement, the administration said successful applicants can use the money to pay for “security enhancements designed to protect the safety and security of the users of a facility located in the commonwealth that is owned or operated by the nonprofit organization.”

That can include:

  • Safety and security planning and training;
  • Purchase of safety and security equipment and technology;
  • Upgrades to existing structures that enhance safety and security; and
  • Vulnerability and threat assessments.
Gov. Tom Wolf speaks at a Middletown child care center Tuesday, August 25 to roll out his fall agenda, including legal weed. (Capital-Star photo by Stephen Caruso)

“These grants expand the school safety and security grants introduced in 2019,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement. “And will continue to help our many nonprofits address security needs and any safety concerns that exist for religious, social and other nonprofit organizations across the commonwealth.”

Applicants can find the application and information about the program on PCCD’s website. Grant awards will range from $5,000 to $150,000, the administration said. Applications, which will be reviewed on a rolling basis, close on Feb. 3.

Applications will be evaluated by representatives of PCCD, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, with awards being considered at PCCD’s March 10 meeting, the administration said.

Pennsylvania State Capitol Building. (Capital-Star photo by Cassie Miller.)

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John L. Micek

A three-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's former Editor-in-Chief.