More than $1.1 million in funding will go to support public safety security enhancement projects for 32 Pennsylvania nonprofits and religious institutions that have been targeted, or are susceptible to being targeted, by hate crimes.
Administered by Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program supports grants to nonprofit organizations who principally 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, such as race/ethnicity/ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender and gender identity.
Applicants applied for grant awards ranging from $5,000 to $150,000 for security enhancements designed to protect the safety and security of their membership. Funds can be used for safety and security planning, safety and security equipment and technology, training, building upgrades, vulnerability and threat assessments and other physical security enhancements.
PCCD has issued four previous Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program solicitations over the past three years. To date, 488 entities have been recommended for awards totaling approximately $16 million. Grant recipients have used funding to support a wide range of physical security needs, including equipment purchases and security upgrades.