President Trump Signs Bill Authorizing $375M in Grants for Houses of Worship
The Trump administration has authorized millions in federal grants for churches and other houses of worship and nonprofit organizations for the purpose of defending against violence.
In remarks made during a White House meeting, President Trump said, "In the face of attacks on synagogues, mosques, and churches in our community — something that is just so horrible — we must work together to reject the monstrous evils of anti-Semitism and anti-religious bigotry."
"In a few moments, I will sign legislation authorizing $375 million for federal grants to help houses of worship and other faith-based and non-profit organizations defend against violence. We are committed to building a nation where every community is secure, every family is safe, and every child can grow up in dignity and in peace," said the President.
According to a news report, the bipartisan authorization substantially increased the funding for the Nonprofit Security Grants Program. It also allows houses of worship to apply for $100,000 grants to be used for lfencing, cameras, stronger doors and the hiring of security professionals.
The move follows increasing anti-Semitic violence and attacks in New York and New Jersey and two separate synagogue shootings that occurred in Poway, California, in April and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in October 2018, says the report.