Senator Santarsiero Announces $117,152 in Non-Profit Security Grants

BUCKS COUNTY − March 11, 2020 − State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) has announced that five non-profit houses of worship in Senate District 10 have received grants from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD)’s Non-Profit Security Grant Fund.

The allocations for the organizations in Senate District 10 total $117,152 and are as follows:

  • Kehilat Hanahar, The Little Shul by the River:  $24,760
  • Kol Emet, Yardley Reconstructionist Synagogue:  $24,480
  • The River of Life Church of the Assemblies of God: $25,000
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish: $24,912
  • Philip’s Church: $18,000

The Non-Profit Security Grant Fund was established through Act 83 of 2019 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.” The funding from these grants will go toward security projects or improvements to better protect the organization facilities and its individual members.

Over 800 applications were received from across the Commonwealth, requesting more than $27 million for security projects. This is the first distribution from the PCCD’s Non-Profit Security Grant Fund, which had an initial appropriation of $5 million.

“A house of worship should be a sanctuary, never a place of fear. I’m grateful that these organizations in the district will be receiving funding for their security enhancement projects,” said Sen. Santarsiero. “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.”

In January, Sen. Santarsiero held an information session where members of non-profit houses of worship throughout Senate District 10 were invited to learn about the application process. Thirty-five local groups attended the presentation to learn about the PCCD program and the project qualifications for their institution.

To learn more about the PCCD’s Non-Profit Security Grant Fund, click here.

To learn more about Act 83 of 2019, click here.

Sen. Steve Santarsiero represents the 10th Senatorial District, which includes: Bedminster Township, Buckingham Township, Chalfont, Doylestown, Doylestown Township, Dublin, East Rockhill Township, Falls Township, Haycock Township, Hilltown Township, Lower Makefield Township, Morrisville, New Britain, New Britain Township, New Hope, Newtown, Newtown Township, Perkasie, Plumstead Township, Sellersville, Silverdale, Solebury Township, Telford, Tullytown, Upper Makefield Township, West Rockhill Township, and Yardley.