McCarter announces more than $240K in safety grants for area nonprofits

HARRISBURG, March 12 — State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, announced today that five nonprofit organizations in his 154th Legislative District have been awarded grants from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to fund safety and security measures.

A total of $241,204 will be awarded to the following:

“I do not need reminding, nor should any Pennsylvanian, 11 people were killed, seven people were injured and an entire community was rocked when a gunman terrorized morning Shabbat services at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue in the fall of 2018,” McCarter said. “Increasingly, we live in a time when places of worship need protection. I am very pleased that several in my own community were awarded funds to help their employees and their congregants — our friends and our neighbors — feel more secure.”

Grants awarded from the program are to be used by nonprofit organizations that serve people or groups often targeted by hate crimes because of race, religion, sexual orientation, disability and 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 commission received more than 800 applications for grant funding and approved 113 of those applications.

For more information about the program, visit the commission’s website at https://www.pccd.pa.gov/schoolsafety/Pages/Non-Profit-Security-Grant-Fund.aspx.