New York Governor Kathy Hochul has announced an additional $25 million to help nonprofit organizations improve the security of their facilities to better protect those at risk of hate crimes or attacks because of their ideology, beliefs or mission.
Available to those organizations that have not previously received state funding for this purpose, the allocation builds on nearly $43 million awarded to 362 nonprofit organizations to help boost security infrastructure and enhance preparedness against potential hate crimes. In total, the state funding will support 872 projects across the state. These projects will bolster security at community centers, schools, museums and day camps.
New York has also expanded their online reporting form to allow residents to report bias and hate incidents occurring in New York State. The form improves data collection capabilities and bolsters the state's efforts to track and respond to acts of hate and discrimination.
This fall, the Division of Criminal Justice Services will seek proposals for the $25 million, which is expected to fund approximately 500 projects across the state. Nonprofit organizations that previously received grants may apply for a new grant to bolster security at different facilities.