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Security grants available for nonprofits at risk of hate crimes

A state program to help nonprofits improve their security and guard against hate crimes has opened its fall application period.

The Nonprofit Security Grant Fund provides $5,000 to $150,000 for nonprofits at risk of attacks based on the race, religion, sexual orientation or other characteristics of the populations they serve. It was created in response to the 2019 Tree of Life Synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh.

There is $5 million in funding available in the fall round. For full details and to apply, visit the program’s web page on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency website. The deadline is 11:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

The previous round, also $5 million, was completed this spring. Approved funding included $97,115 in awards to Lancaster County organizations, as follows:

  • Congolese community of Central Pennsylvania: $17,230
  • YWCA Lancaster: $24,991
  • First Reformed Church UCC: $25,000
  • Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster: $16,162
  • Congregation Shaarai Shomayim: $13,732