Security grants available for houses of worship

08 May 2019 | 01:17

On Sunday, May 5, 2019, U.S. Representative Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) this week emphasized that houses of worship throughout New Jersey can apply for grants regarding security. The Congressman visited Congregation Beth Abraham in Bergenfield to stress the importance of the security of religious institutions and schools in the Garden State and throughout the U.S.
Gottheimer highlighted the Nonprofit Security Grant (NPSG) through the Department of Homeland Security and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness as a critical part of protecting our congregations and our community. Grant applications close Friday, May 10.
“The right to practice your religion the way you see fit is at the bedrock of the American idea and we must do everything we can to protect it,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). “Working with law enforcement and communities of faith, the Nonprofit Security Grant offers a great opportunity to make sure our religious institutions, schools, and houses of worship are secure. Any institution interested in applying for the grant should reach out to my office.”
In 2018, fourteen schools, synagogues, churches, and organizations in New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District received nearly $1.8 million in grants from the Nonprofit Security Grant (NPSG) Program, one of the highest figures of any Congressional District in the country. This is an increase of more than $1 million from the year before. Anyone interested in applying for a NPSG grant should contact Gottheimer’s office at (201) 389-1100.