In light of the recent Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, Senator Todd Kaminsky announced a grant opportunity to improve the security of vital community institutions. This funding is made possible through the 2018-19 Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Grant Program, which is administered by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and made possible by Governor Cuomo.

“Now, more than ever, it is critical for us to do all we can to protect South Shore yeshivas, day cares and community centers from those who seek to do us harm,” said Senator Todd Kaminsky. “I applaud Governor Cuomo for allocating $10 million in security aid for vital institutions in our community.”

Last year, a total of $2,161,410 in security funding was awarded to Nassau County institutions from the New York State Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes program, which was established after a rise in antisemitic incidents last year. The grant could provide up to $50,000 for additional security training needs, cameras, state-of-the-art technology, door-hardening, improved lighting and other related security upgrades. Organizations that operate more than one facility may submit up to three applications for a total request of up to $150,000.

The grant program is intended to provide funding to non-profit, nonpublic schools and day care centers, including those that are housed in community centers and non-profit cultural museums who are at risk of hate crimes because of their beliefs or mission. The grant provides for additional security training needs, cameras, state-of-the-art technology, door-hardening, improved lighting and other related security upgrades. The deadline for the 2018-19 Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Grant Program is December 19, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Shuls and yeshivas interesting in seeking grant funding are encouraged to call Senator Kaminsky’s office at 516-766-8383 for assistance.

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