Two non-profit houses of worship in New Hope have received grants from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD)’s Non-Profit Security Grant Fund.
Other area recipients include Congregation Kol Emet in Yardley, and River of Life Church of the Assemblies of God and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, both in Doylestown.
The Non-Profit Security Grant Fund was established last year and administers grant funding to non-profit organizations who “principally serve individuals, groups, or institutions that are included within a bias motivation category for single bias hate crime incidents as identified by the FBI’s 2017 Hate Crime Statistics publication.”
Funding from the grants goes towards security projects or improvements to protect the organization’s facilities and its individual members. Over 800 applications were received from across the Commonwealth, requesting more than $27 million for security projects.
“A house of worship should be a sanctuary, never a place of fear,” said State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10). “I’m grateful that these organizations in the district will be receiving funding for their security enhancement projects. I will continue to advocate on behalf of all residents and the safety of our community, and fight for increased funding for these important programs in the future.”