Grant program to protect schools, day care centers from hate crimes accepting applications

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Applications from non-profit nonpublic schools and day care centers, including those that are housed in community centers and non-profit cultural museums, are now being accepted for the $25 million Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Grant program.

The program provides grants to help strengthen security measures and help prevent hate crimes or attacks against these facilities because of their ideology, beliefs, or mission.

The grant, which is administered by the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, will provide up to $50,000 in funding for additional security training needs, cameras and state-of-the-art technology, door-hardening, improved lighting and other related security upgrades at each eligible facility. 

Organizations that operate more than one facility may submit up to three applications for a total request of up to $150,000. 

Applications for these awards are due by 4 p.m. on December 18, 2017.

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