Daley announces $40K in security grants for local nonprofits

HARRISBURG, March 11 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, announced more than $40,000 in security grants for a pair of local nonprofits.

As part of the statewide Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program distributed to churches, synagogues and other nonprofit organizations through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Kohelet Yeshiva in Merion Station will receive $25,000 and Congregation Or Ami in Lafayette Hill will receive $15,530 to help enhance security at their respective locations.

“Hate has no place in our society but, sadly, it rears its ugly head and can jeopardize the well-being and safety of those targeted,” Daley said. “I’m grateful to the PCCD and this grant program for including these truly wonderful organizations in its funding, which will help members and visitors feel secure while enjoying the myriad programs offered.”

The Nonprofit Security Grant Fund, administered by the PCCD, was established in 2019 after the Tree of Life shootings in Pittsburgh in October 2018. Daley was among the House Democratic members who voted for the bill establishing the program, which is in its second year awarding funding to nonprofits across Pennsylvania.

The funding is designed to protect the safety and security of organizations via the following:

  • Safety and security planning and training.
  • Purchase of safety and security equipment.
  • Purchase of security-related technology.
  • Threat awareness and response training.
  • Upgrades to existing structures that enhance safety and security.
  • Vulnerability and threat assessments.
  • Specialty-trained canines.