Security grants available for nonprofit and religious institutions in Gloucester County
(Woodbury, NJ) -- Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Jim Jefferson announced today that the state has made available $1 million in security grants for nonprofit and religious institutions determined to be at high risk of a terrorist attack. Gloucester County is included because it is one of the counties that are not currently covered by a similar federal program.
Director Damminger said, "What we have witnessed in this region with bomb threats in our neighboring counties is disturbing. By giving our nonprofits and religious institutions the ability to apply for resources to enhance their security it will help provide for measures that can that allow the for their peace of mind and to gather freely."
Freeholder Jefferson said, “As an elected official in Gloucester County and as a person who spend a significant amount of time in nonprofit and religious institutions I am very relieved that the state saw the importance of allowing our county's organizations to apply for grant funding to help keep them safer. I encourage those organizations who are eligible to apply and to attend the information session in April that the Office of Homeland Security will have in Burlington County.”
The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security (OHSP) will provide the new Security Enhancements Countering Unmitigated Risk in New Jersey (SECUR-NJ) grants to eligible nonprofit organizations. Eligible nonprofit organizations are those organizations described under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 which have been determined by New Jersey’s Director of Homeland Security to be at high risk of terrorist attack and are located within one of those nine counties. Interested applicants will be eligible for an award not to exceed $50,000 and no matching funds are required.
The new SECUR-NJ grant will reimburse awardees for allowable costs for the acquisition and installation of security equipment, specifically to prevent and protect against terrorism, such as physical security enhancement equipment and inspection and screening systems.
· Identification and substantiation of prior threats or attacks by a terrorist organization, network, or cell against the applicant based on the applicant’s ideology, beliefs or mission;
· Symbolic value of the site as a highly recognized regional, national, or historical institution that renders the site a possible target of terrorism;
· Findings from previously conducted threat or vulnerability assessments.
OHSP will host an information session on April 19, 1-4 p.m. at the Burlington County Office of Emergency Management in Westampton for organizations interested in applying for SECUR-NJ. Applications must be e-mailed to OHSP at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> by close of business on May 24. Awardees will be notified in July. For more information on SECUR-NJ, visit njhomelandsecurity.gov/securnjhttps://www.njhomelandsecurity.gov/securnj.