HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania faith-based nonprofit organizations and those with diverse memberships can now apply for grants for vital security and safety improvements, state Sen. Andy Dinniman announced.

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency opened the application window for the new Non-Profit Security Grant Program in the wake of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting and other hate-based crimes and attacks.

A link to the application can be found at www.pccd.pa.gov

The program, authorized under Act 83 of 2019, allocates $5 million to provide funding for safety and security improvements to facilities used by faith-based nonprofits.

The program will award grants to non-profit entities that principally serve individuals, groups or institutions that are included within a bias motivation category for a single bias hate crime incident identified by the FBI. Those incident categories include: race/ethnicity/ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender and gender identity.

“Today marks another big step in reaffirming that regardless of faith or background, everyone deserves to feel safe in their place of worship,” Dinniman said. “I hope these grants will bring increased security, safety and peace of mind as we continue to stand strong against hate and violence and stand together in protecting the right to worship of all.”

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