Malagari announces $24K grant to improve safety, security

Grant awarded to local volunteer-based nonprofit organization

LANSDALE, April 14 – State Rep. Steve Malagari announced a $24,928 grant has been approved for a nonprofit organization within his legislative district through the Nonprofit Security Grant Program.

“The importance of protecting the religious freedom of people to worship how they wish peacefully in Pennsylvania predates statehood and creation of the United States, going back to the colonial time and William Penn,” Malagari said. “Following the mass shooting that occurred in the state at a synagogue in Squirrel Hill, this grant program was created to help nonprofits and faith-based organizations improve safety and security against acts of hate and violence. Although it’s unfortunate these measures need to be taken, I’m pleased to see funds dedicated to protecting neighbors, friends and loved ones.”

Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha - Northeast Inc., also known in the community as BAPS, has been approved for a grant of $24,928.

“BAPS is a volunteer-based organization that strives for local and broader community improvement through Hindu ideals, including fantastic charity events in our district,” Malagari said. “They are raising money for breast cancer awareness as well as collecting funds for the local food bank, Garden of Health, aligning with members of the community and local stakeholders to achieve goals aimed at helping varied needs as well as numerous people and organizations.” 

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program provides funds to eligible nonprofits to strengthen the security of a building to protect it against attack. Eligible organizations include those with substantiated prior threats or attacks because of ideology, beliefs or mission; organizations with buildings of symbolic historic or regional value; and/or findings from previous threats or vulnerability assessments.