Merski: Bosnian Islamic Community Erie receiving $25,000 security grant

ERIE, April 14 – The Bosnian Islamic Community Erie Inc., has received a $25,000 grant under the 2022 Nonprofit Security Grant Program, state Rep. Bob Merski announced today.

Merski said the funding will ensure the nonprofit’s members and visitors enjoy a safe environment.

“No resident of our community should ever have to feel threatened, especially in places where they gather to celebrate cultural ties and plan and host educational, religious, charitable and other events,” Merski said. “This funding should help ensure that our friends and neighbors who frequent the organization have the peace of mind they deserve as they go about their community work that enriches Erie.”

Merski said organizations receiving grants may use them for a variety of security measures, including:

  • safety and security planning and training and threat-awareness and response training.
  • equipment and technology such as metal detectors, protective lighting, surveillance equipment, emergency communications equipment, electronic locksets, deadbolts, trauma kits and theft-control devices.
  • upgrades to existing structures that enhance safety and security.
  • vulnerability and threat assessments.
  • specialty-trained canines.
  • any other safety- or security-related project that enhances safety or security of the nonprofit organization.

The funding is part of a statewide package of grants to 120 churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other nonprofit organizations that serve diverse communities and often face bias and hate crimes. More information on the grants is available here.