Wheatley: Three area nonprofits awarded nearly $84,000 to use toward security, safety improvements

HARRISBURG, March 11 – Three area nonprofits have been awarded a total of $83,499 in grants from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to use toward a variety of security and safety enhancements, state Rep. Jake Wheatley announced today. 

Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said ACHIEVA, which provides support and advocacy for people with disabilities and their families, received a $24,419 grant. The Center that CARES, an organization that provides support to children and young adults in need, received an $24,000 grant, and Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania was awarded a $35,080 grant.

“These funds will ensure that our residents, who come from a variety of backgrounds and who rely on services and support from these community organizations, can do so without being concerned for their safety or security,” said Wheatley. “I’m pleased PCCD is providing these groups with the necessary funds to allow them to upgrade their facilities, provide staff training, or purchase additional technology to keep their clients – and staff – safe.” 

The grants awarded today are provided through PCCD’s Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program following the passage of Act 83 of 2019. The act directs PCCD to administer grants to nonprofit organizations who have been or who are likely to be targets for hate crimes. Priority consideration for funding was given to organizations that indicated they – or their membership – were victims of a hate crime or had a credible hate-crime threat.

PCCD is the state’s lead agency for criminal justice policy issues, providing support services to law enforcement agencies, victims of crime and communities.