Bethlehem (March 10, 2021)- Senator Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh/Northampton) announced today that $97,255 in state funding was awarded to four applicants in the 18th Senatorial District for nonprofit security and criminal justice grants by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).

“The Nonprofit Security Grant Fund program was important step taken by the Commonwealth to provide needed resources for nonprofits to enhance security for users of their facilities who may be the subject of hate crimes,” Boscola stated.  “Additionally, grant funding approved by PCCD today will help the administration of criminal justice efforts in Northampton County and the Borough of Emmaus,” she added.

The following grants awards were approved:

  • New Creation UCC – $25,000 – Nonprofit Security Grant Program
  • Lehigh University Jewish Student Center – $10,000 – Nonprofit Security Grant Program
  • Borough of Emmaus – $32,000 – Federal Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program for its Body-Worn Camera Project
  • Northampton County – $30,255 – Federal State Opioid Response Funds for its Northampton County Drug Court Initiative

Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program was signed into law as Act 83 of 2019 on November 7, 2019.  Act 83 directed PCCD to administer grants to Pennsylvania-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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 categories include race/ethnicity/ancestry; religion; sexual orientation; disability; gender; and gender identity.

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