Yeshivos, Shuls, May Receive Security Funding


The deadline for nonprofit organizations, including yeshivos and shuls, to receive security funding is this coming Monday, although technical assistance for the application ends at 5:00 p.m. that day.

For 2013, $10 million has been allocated to the grant program, with awards of up to $75,000 per eligible nonprofit institution for target hardening and other physical security enhancements and activities, according to a press release from Councilman David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn).

Nonprofit organizations that are deemed “high risk” for a terrorist attack and are located within urban areas are eligible to apply. They must provide a DUNS number with their application. Organizations should verify that they have a DUNS number, or take the steps necessary to obtain one. They can receive a DUNS number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line at (866) 705-5711.

The program was on hold earlier this year due to federal sequestration, but funding to support it was announced late last month.

Grant applications must be submitted electronically via the automated New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services E-Grants system.

“We must remain vigilant against this threat and take all necessary steps to keep our synagogues and yeshivos safe and secure,” Greenfield said.