Isaacson announces $73K Pa. Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant for nonprofit that serves people often targeted by hate crimes

PHILADELPHIA, March 11 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson announced today that the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency has awarded a $73,150 grant to a nonprofit organization in her district that serves populations who are often targeted by hate crimes.

The grant, awarded to Friends of B’Nai Abraham, won in the first round of grants awarded by the commission as part of the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program, which was created through legislation signed into law last year.

“I am committed to working toward a world where people are not victims of hate crimes due to their race, religion, ethnicity or because of who they love,” Isaacson said. “But, while we’re working to make our communities more accepting, we must also protect the most vulnerable among us. I’m so glad that this grant has been awarded to Friends of Historic B’Nai Abraham to help them make their community safer.”

B’nai Abraham is a nonprofit that strives to continue the traditions of their founders who followed the Orthodox understanding of Jewish rituals and Jewish life. Their warm and welcoming community is dedicated to reaching out — to inviting Jews of all backgrounds to gather with them for study, prayer and friendship.

The grant application submitted by the Friends of Historic B’Nai Abraham was one of 805 total applications submitted for grant funding through the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program. Of those 805 applications, the commission approved 113 initial applications totaling more than $5 million in awards, with the grant awarded to Friends of Historic B’Nai Abraham among those approved for funding.

The grant awards may be used for security enhancements designed to protect the safety and security of the users of the nonprofit’s facility, including through safety and security planning and training, purchase of safety and security equipment and technology, vulnerability and threat assessments and any other security-related project that enhances the safety or security of the nonprofit organization.