HomeBensalem Times$4.5 million available for organizations targeted by hate crimes

$4.5 million available for organizations targeted by hate crimes

Awards ranging from $5,000 to $150,000 can be used for security enhancements

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Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced that $4.5 million in new funding is available for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s Non-Profit Security Grant Program, which provides funding to churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other nonprofit organizations that face bias and are targets of hate crimes.

“Hate has no place here in Pennsylvania. But unfortunately, we’ve seen an alarming uptick in hate crimes across the commonwealth. These bias incidents tear communities apart,” said Wolf. “It is my hope that Pennsylvanians will rise up against hate, that we will unite to scorch the bias and prejudice that hurts groups or individuals solely because of their race, religion, disability or sexual orientation. We unfortunately cannot rely on humanity alone, which is why I’m making this $4.5 million available for nonprofit organizations to protect themselves.”

The $4.5 million in new funding for the program is available through the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

The program administers funding to nonprofit organizations that serve individuals, groups or institutions that are included within a bias motivation category for single bias hate crime incidents as identified by the FBI’s Hate Crime Statistics publication. Applicants can apply for awards ranging from $5,000 to $150,000 for security enhancements that will protect the safety and security of their membership.

Click here for the application and more information.

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