Four Local Non-Profit Groups Win State Security Grants

HARRISBURG PA – Four non-profit or religious organizations in Pottstown, Collegeville, Phoenixville, and the Valley Forge area are among 29 groups in Montgomery, Berks, and Chester counties that on Thursday (April 14, 2021) received a portion of $5.23 million distributed by the state to improve their facilities’ security and protect them from hate crimes.

Receiving nonprofit security grant funds from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency were the

  • YWCA Tri-County Area, Pottstown, $23,687;
  • Gan Israel Chabad Inc., Collegeville, $25,000;
  • Congregation B’nai Jacob, Phoenixville, $24,980; and
  • Islamic Society of Greater Valley Forge, Devon, $45,757.

Across the three-county area, awards were given to a total of 21 groups in Montgomery County, representing more than $900,000; three in Berks County, $194,000; and five in Chester County, $235,000.

The grants are intended to benefit non-profits that principally serve individuals, groups or institutions which are considered potential hate crime targets as identified by FBI statistics. They includes organizations which deal with individuals of varied race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, and gender identity.

“It’s unfortunate that hate continues to surface here, hurting Pennsylvanians and tearing apart our communities,” Gov. Tom Wolf (at top) said in announcing the grant winners. “This is an investment in the safety and security of the diverse communities that are the tapestry of Pennsylvania.”

Photo provided by Gov. Wolf’s office