Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky announced that an additional $25 million from the State’s Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes (“SCAHC”) grant program will be open to shuls and other religious institutions. The program provides security funding for local yeshivas, day schools, camps, and places of worship to bolster their security.
Senator Kaminsky helped secure more than $45 million for the program this past legislative session in Albany and has been a longtime advocate of adding religious institutions to the grant program.
“Now that this grant program will widen its scope, local shuls will be able to secure funding to guard against hate crimes and protect its congregants from threats,” Senator Kaminsky said. “I will continue to do all I can to ensure our community and its children are safe, and this disgusting scourge of anti-Semitism is stamped out. Thank you to Governor Cuomo for his leadership and advocacy on this issue.”
Nonpublic schools, daycares, community centers, camps, and religious institutions are eligible to apply for the funding, which will be administered by the State’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (“DHSES”). The grants provide up to $50,000 per facility for additional security training, cameras, technology, door-hardening, and other security measures. Senator Kaminsky’s office will work with local yeshivas and community institutions to help them prepare their applications for this crucial funding.