Three organizations located in Pennsylvania’s 11th Senate District have received a total of $194,000 in funding from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s (PCCD) nonprofit security grant program.

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which stems from legislation introduced by Senator Judy Schwank (Bill 83 of 2019), is available to nonprofit entities that primarily serve individuals, groups, or institutions that are included in a biased motivation category for a single hateful bias. criminal incident identified by the FBI. These categories of incidents include: race/ethnicity/ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, sex and gender identity.

Eligible projects include:

  • Purchase of safety and security equipment
  • Threat awareness and response training
  • Upgrades to existing structures that improve safety and security
  • Vulnerability and Threat Assessments
  • Any other safety or security-related project that improves the safety or security of the nonprofit organization

Schwank participated in discussions with the governor and other state lawmakers about improving security for organizations that may be targets of hate crime in the wake of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting. in October 2018. During the current legislative session, Schwank introduced SB 228, which would permanently fund the nonprofit security grant program. The bill was referred to the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee on February 22, 2021 and has yet to be reviewed.

Earlier this year, Governor Tom Wolf announced that $4.5 million from the US bailout would be invested in the program in addition to the remaining $500,000 in available funds. After funding for the program was replenished, Schwank contacted eligible organizations in his district to inform them of the grant opportunity.

The three organizations in the 11th Senate District that received funding are:

  • GoggleWorks – $150,000
  • Sacred Heart School – $25,000
  • Reformed Oheb Sholom Congregation – $19,094

“It’s a program I’m proud to support and I’m very happy to see Berks County organizations consistently take advantage of this opportunity,” Schwank said. “This is a great example of how small dollar grants can go a long way towards improving community safety. Everyone deserves to feel safe, especially in schools or places of worship. I remain hopeful that we can reach an agreement in Harrisburg to make the nonprofit security grant program permanent.