Sen. Phillips announces state $25 million grant program for hate crime protection now accepting applications

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Sen. Elaine Phillips

Applications for grants through the state’s $25 million Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Grant program (SCAHC Program) are now being accepted, state Sen. Elaine Phillips (R-Manhasset) announced.

Non-public schools and day care centers, including those located in community centers and non-profit cultural museums, can apply for the grants to assist with increased security measures aimed at preventing hate crimes and attacks.

“Earlier this year there were an alarming number of threats and hate crimes targeting people of the Jewish faith, including bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers right here on Long Island,” Phillips said. “Our schools and day care centers should be a safe haven for children and families and I am extremely pleased that nonpublic schools, day care and community centers in our region who are at risk of attacks because of their beliefs, can now apply for this vital funding.”

The State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) will administer the grants, which will range up to $50,000. Grants can be used for security training, cameras and state-of-the-art technology, door-hardening, improved lighting and other related security upgrades at eligible facilities.

“New York State has served as the gateway to freedom for millions seeking a better life, only by celebrating our diversity can we continue to be a beacon of acceptance for our nation and world,” Phillips said. “We must stand united and eliminate hate from our communities, state and nation.”

According to DHSES, organizations that operate more than one facility may submit up to three applications for a total request of up to $150,000. Applications for these awards can be found at www.dhses.ny.gov/grants and are due no later than 4:00 pm on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017.

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