House committee approves $360m. for nonprofit security grant program

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program permits houses of worship and other threatened nonprofits to apply for grants of up to $150,000 each.

 LAW ENFORCEMENT vehicles near a synagogue group taken hostage in Colleyville, Texas, this past January. The book’s author is the synagogue’s founder and a key spokeswoman regarding the incident.  (photo credit: Shelby Tauber/Reuters)
LAW ENFORCEMENT vehicles near a synagogue group taken hostage in Colleyville, Texas, this past January. The book’s author is the synagogue’s founder and a key spokeswoman regarding the incident.
(photo credit: Shelby Tauber/Reuters)

WASHINGTON – The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security approved its fiscal year 2023 funding bill that includes $360 million for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, an increase of $110m. above fiscal year 2022.

The NSGP has been a major agenda item for many Jewish organizations. Since the terrorist attack on Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, Jewish organizations have urged Congress to increase its budget. The program permits houses of worship and other threatened nonprofits to apply for grants of up to $150,000 each.

The money can be used for security measures such as fences, cameras, more secure doors and the hiring of personnel. The bill would establish a dedicated NSGP office at the Department of Homeland Security, provide support mechanisms to eligible nonprofit organizations, and simplify and streamline the application process. It would also increase congressional oversight of the program.

“The $110 million increase for the NSGP will help save lives and keep Jewish and other communities safe,” the Jewish Federations of North America said in a statement commending the passage of the bill. “Jewish Federations, which were instrumental in creating the NSGP in 2004, continue to prioritize communal security, most notably through our $62 million LiveSecure campaign to ensure that every Jewish community has access to security resources.”

Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-California) said the bill “provides balanced investments in the broad and diverse set of missions entrusted to the Department of Homeland Security.”

 Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, where four hostages were held. (credit: JTA) Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, where four hostages were held. (credit: JTA)

'Critical' funding

“With this bill, we are securing our borders by funding smart and effective investments in technology and operations.”

House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-Connecticut)

Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-Connecticut) said the Homeland Security funding bill “includes many of the federal programs critical to keeping our country safe. With this bill, we are securing our borders by funding smart and effective investments in technology and operations,” she added.