Faith-based institutions and nonprofit organizations will be eligible for grants to boost security at their facilities under a new law approved by the General Assembly and signed by the governor.
Act 83 of 2019 will make funding available to faith-based institutions and nonprofits that serve individuals, groups, or institutions listed by the FBI as, "at risk for hate crime incidents."
Grant awards will range from $5,000 to $150,000. Faith-based institutions and nonprofits could use the money for a variety of security planning, equipment, and technology needs— including surveillance cameras, emergency communications equipment, electronic locksets, threat assessments, and building upgrades.
The program is similar to the School Safety Security Grant Program, which helps schools meet a variety of security needs. It will be administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Applications are expected to become available early next year.