Portman Announces 420 Percent Increase in Federal Security Resources for Faith-Based & Nonprofit Institutions Across Ohio
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the Department of Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), through their allocation for FY 2020, will distribute $2.4 million to synagogues, churches, religious education facilities, and charity organizations across Ohio, divided between 32 organizations. This funding level marks a 420 percent increase over last year’s amount of $450,000, which went to six Ohio organizations. The NSGP provides grants to faith-based and other nonprofit organizations to help secure their facilities against a potential terrorist attack and acts of hate.
“With a 420 percent increase in funding, it’s clear that Ohio is benefiting from the bipartisan work we’ve done in Congress to ensure that more and more synagogues, religious and cultural institutions, and nonprofit organizations have the resources and training they need to secure their facilities,” said Portman. “I’m proud to have led the effort in Congress to both authorize the Nonprofit Security Grant Program and significantly increase its funding. Threats to houses of worship and other religious community sites have been increasing and we must do everything we can to protect them in Ohio and across our country.”
NOTE: In January, Senator Portman and Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) announced that President Trump signed their bipartisan Protecting Faith-Based and Nonprofit Organizations From Terrorism Act into law. This legislation authorizes $75 million annually for five years, from FYs 2020-2024, for the Department of Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). Under the legislation, funding may be used for target-hardening activities, training for personnel, and any other appropriate activity, as defined by the FEMA Administrator. While the bill authorizes $75 million annually for the program for the next five years, Congress can appropriate more. Portman joined his bipartisan colleagues in December 2019 in requesting that the appropriators fund the program at $90 million. That request was approved and included in the final FY 2020 appropriations agreement.