Harrisburg – March 11, 2020 – Sen. Larry Farnese (D- Philadelphia) today announced the award of $543,427 in grant money for the for the 1st Senate District. A total of $455,927 in state grant money was awarded to bolster security for 10 nonprofits, as well as $87,500 from the Bryne Justice Assistance Grant.

“The Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program is providing a great start to ensuring the safety of these 10 nonprofits across the district,” Farnese said. “With more than 800 applicants from around Pennsylvania requesting more than $27 million from the $5 million grant, there is a demonstrable need to continue funding the safety and security of nonprofits everywhere.”

The funding comes from Act 83 of 2019, which established a new program at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). Act 83 directs PCCD to administer grants to Pennsylvania-based 501(c)(3) 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 the FBI’s 2017 Hate Crime Statistics publication. The categories include race/ethnicity/ancestry; religion; sexual orientation; disability; gender; and gender identity.

Grant recipients in Sen. Farnese’s district include:

  • Chabad Jewish Center for Students of the Arts will receive $25,000;
  • Camp Ramah in the Poconos will receive $95,000;
  • The Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation Inc will receive $49,500;
  • Friends of Historic B’Nai Abraham will receive $73,150;
  • Rodeph Shalom Congregation will receive $81,667;
  • Temple Beth Zion Beth Israel will receive $25,000;
  • The Chevra will receive $50,000;
  • Beiteinu Charitable Foundation will receive $20,000;
  • Philadelphia FIGHT will receive $25,000;
  • Community Orthodox Minyan will receive $11,610.

“These funds will be used for safety planning, the purchase of security equipment, security training and any other project that enhances the security of a nonprofit,” Farnese said. “I look forward to working with these nonprofits and others from around Philadelphia to ensure they are also able to access these crucial funds to keep their facilities and visitors safe and secure.”

The Philadelphia City Treasurer was awarded $87,500 for the evaluation of the city’s Police Assisted Diversion Program from the Bryne Justice Assistance Grant.

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