Howard announces state security grants for local nonprofit serving the Jewish community

MALVERN, March 10 – State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, announced today that $23,456 in state grants to support safety and security has been awarded to Congregation Or Shalom in Berwyn.

The grant, through the Nonprofit Security Grant program established by Act 83 of 2019, was approved today by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

“William Penn founded our commonwealth on the principle of religious freedom,” Howard said. “This grant money protects this foundational right by helping to ensure that everyone in our community is able to practice their religion freely and safely.

“Hate has no place in our community.”

Grants awarded from the program may be used by nonprofit organizations that serve people or groups often targeted by hate crimes because of race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender.

The awards can be used for any safety or security improvement the nonprofit organization wants to put in place, including training and planning, the purchase of technology or equipment, or the improvement of the nonprofit’s facilities.

The grants are provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program created by Act 83 of 2019, for which Howard voted.

More information on the program is available at this link.