How to Apply for the PA Nonprofit Security Grant Fund

PA Nonprofit Security Grant Fund

How to Apply for the PA Nonprofit Security Grant Fund

In case you haven’t heard, now is the time to apply for the PA Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program.

So let’s get started!

What is the PA Non-Profit Grant Security Fund?

In November, House Bill 859 (or Act 83 of 2019) was signed into law, establishing a new program called the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). 

Act 83 directs PCCD to administer grants to nonprofit organizations that primarily serve individuals, groups, or institutions that are included within a bias motivation category for single-bias hate crime incidents as defined by the FBI’s 2017 Hate Crime Statistics publication

501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations based in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are eligible to apply for funding for security enhancements designed to protect the safety and security of its stakeholders.

In other words, if your organization serves populations that may be targeted for hate crimes or offenses, it may be eligible for funds from the state. These funds are intended to augment and improve your facility’s security.

Since LARGO is all about developing safe and secure environments where we live, work, and play, we think that sounds like a pretty great idea!

Is My Organization Eligible for Act 83 Funding?

Your organization is eligible to apply for Act 83 funding if:

  • It’s a nonprofit organization based in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • The organization serves individuals, groups, or institutions that are included within a bias motivation category for single-bias hate crime incidents identified by the FBI. (The categories include race/ethnicity/ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, and gender identity.

What is the Funding Availability?

According to Act 83 guidelines, eligible applicants may request a minimum of $5,000 up to a maximum of $150,000. Applicants requesting $25,001 to $150,000 will be required to provide non-state financial participation based on the size of the grant request. Applicants requesting $5,000 to $25,000 in funding are NOT required to provide nonstate financial participation for their grant.

If the full $5 million in available funding is not completely awarded at the March 11 Commission meeting, PCCD will open an additional application period in 2020. If you applied by the March deadline but your application was denied, you may revise your application and resubmit it during the next open application period.

How Can My Organization Use PA Act 83 Funding?

PA Non-Profit Grant Security Funding can be used for security enhancements which include:

  • Safety and security planning.
  • Safety and security training.
  • Purchase of safety and security equipment.
  • Threat awareness and response training.
  • Upgrades to existing structures that enhance safety and security.
  • Vulnerability and threat assessments.
  • Specialty trained canines.
  • Purchase of security-related technology which may include (but is not limited to):
    • Metal detectors.
    • Protective lighting.
    • Surveillance equipment.
    • Special emergency communications equipment.
    • Electronic locks.
    • Trauma kits.
    • Theft control devices.

Need Help With Your PA Act 83 Grant Application?

LARGO Consulting Services, LLC is an Approved School Safety and Security Assessment Provider. We are available to answer any questions you may have about the PA Act 83 Grant Funding Program. We recommend submitting your application by March 1, 2020. The initial set of awards will be considered at the March 11, 2020 Commission meeting.

Contact us if you need assistance with your Nonprofit Security Grant Fund grant application.

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