Congress Approves More Funding for Nonprofit Security Grants
The Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program budget has been increased to $25 million after Congress reached an agreement last week.
After the overwhelming amount of bomb threats experienced by Jewish Community Centers across the country, Congress has approved a $5 million increase in funding for the Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program.
The funds can be used to the installation of security equipment on owned or leased property by the nonprofit, especially for preventing and protecting against terrorist attacks.
“I am glad to see our national leaders taking the issues of security and anti-Semitism seriously,” according to a statement by Bob Silver, chair of the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus Emergency Security Campaign.
Funding requirements include the identification and substantiation of prior threats or attacks by a terrorist organization; highly recognized institution that could make the site a possible target; previous threat or vulnerability assessments; and the integration of nonprofit preparedness with state and local efforts.
Since just last year, there has been an alarming increase in anti-Semitic threats that targeted schools, synagogues and neighborhoods.