Washington, D.C. - Apr. 24, 2024  - Late yesterday, the Senate passed the Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act with bipartisan support just days after the House passed the bill. The legislation includes a crucial provision allocating an additional $390 million for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), with $160 million made available for the fiscal year 2024 and the remaining funds set aside for 2025. This supplemental funding brings the total NSGP appropriations for the current year to an unprecedented $434.5 million, representing a more than 40% increase compared to the previous year's funding level of $305 million. Michael Masters, National Director & CEO of the Secure Community Network (SCN) — the official safety and security organization of the Jewish community in North America — issued the following statement in reaction to the supplemental NSGP funding:
"This additional funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program comes at a critical time, amidst an alarming rise in threats facing the Jewish community against the backdrop of October 7th and an escalation in Iranian hostilities. The NSGP has proven to be a vital resource for helping to protect faith-based and nonprofit organizations at risk of terrorist attack. From locks on doors to ballistic glass, the funds provided through this program have been used to increase the security of the Jewish community — directly saving lives and preventing tragedies. We are deeply grateful for the bipartisan support for this funding package and Congress’s recognition of the urgent need to protect the Jewish community and all faith-based communities from those who wish to carry out acts of hate and violence."
SCN has played a pivotal role in supporting Jewish organizations across the United States in securing critical funding through the federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). NSGP grants have enabled synagogues, community centers, schools, and other Jewish facilities to enhance their security measures, including the installation of equipment such as cameras, locks, and alarm systems, as well as training for staff and community members. SCN's efforts have resulted in a significant increase in NSGP funds awarded to organizations they assist, with the total amount growing to $27.4 million in 2023.