The county will begin accepting applications on Wednesday, Sept. 21, for funding from the Nonprofit Security Grants program, officials announced.
The Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security will administer the distribution of $800,000 in funds the County Council approved for nonprofit organizations or facilities that have experienced or are at high risk of experiencing hate crimes, officials said.
“Montgomery County is a community of diversity, inclusion, and compassion, but we are not immune from hate and vitriol that could become criminal,” County Executive Marc Elrich said in a press release. “These grants will provide nonprofit organizations with additional resources to enhance the security of their facilities and the safety of our residents.”
To qualify for grant funding, applicants must be:
- A county-based nonprofit organization or facility experiencing threats or hate crimes or at significant risk of being the target of a hate crime
- Be IRS registered 501(c)3, tax-exempt nonprofit organizations or religious institutions in good standing with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation, and
- Use funds only for security support for facilities located within the county.
Information sessions on eligibility and how to apply for the program will be offered via Zoom on:
- Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m. Register
- Tuesday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m. Register
- Monday, Oct. 3. 7 p.m. Register
- Wednesday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m. Register, and
- Monday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m. Register
The application period will close on Oct. 26, and organizations will be notified of award decisions in early December.
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