News Release, Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention

Grant Funds to Support Security Enhancements for Organizations At-Risk for Hate Crimes

ANNAPOLIS, MD ?The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) has expanded the Protecting Religious Institutions Grant program to all nonprofit organizations in Maryland, including religious institutions, with membership and facilities that can be targeted for a hate crime. The Notice of Funding Availability for Protecting Against Hate Crimes (PAHC) grant program will be available on a rolling basis, as long as funds are available through June of 2020.

“The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention will expand this opportunity to all nonprofits that serve unique and often vulnerable populations here in Maryland,” said Glenn Fueston, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. “We work continuously with nonprofits that support law enforcement officers, youth prevention efforts, and services to victims of crime. We wanted to ensure there was funding for those who provide these vital resources that make Maryland a better, safer place to live.”

The $3 million in grant awards available through the Protecting Against Hate Crimes Grant for FY 2020, would help address security needs at facilities where groups could be targeted in a hate crime. Security-related enhancements could include training, cameras, security-personnel, improved lighting, and door-hardening.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) defines a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.” According to theState of Maryland 2018 Hate Bias Report, there were 375 hate bias incidents reported by law enforcement in Maryland in 2018, and on average, there were 356 hate bias incidents reported in Maryland each year from 2016 – 2018.

The Protecting Against Hate Crimes application process is open to nonprofit entities with appropriate tax status. Eligible entities may only submit one application. GOCCP will not consider requests for capital improvements or information technology projects in excess of $200,000 under this grant.

For more information, please reference the Notice of Funding Availability and the GOCCP grants website.

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