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Bucks County to receive funds to improve security in schools and religious institutions


In a recent announcement, Gov. Tom Wolf said several Bucks County institutions, including churches, temples, a private school and a mosque, will receive $270,850 to enhance security in the face of violence and hate crimes.

“This is an investment in the safety and security of the diverse communities that are the tapestry of Pennsylvania,” said the governor, in a statement. “It’s unfortunate that hate continues to surface here, hurting Pennsylvanians and tearing apart our communities,” he added.

The money is part of a larger $5.23 million package designed to meet the same security goals across the state.

In Bucks County, the following will receive funds:

- St. Robert Bellarmine Church, Warrington – Archdiocese of Philadelphia: $24,832 - Ohev Shalom of Bucks County, Richboro: $24,800 - George School, Newtown: $150,000 - Salem United Church of Christ, Doylestown: $25,000 - Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, Warrington: $24,978 - Congregation Tifereth Israel of Lower Bucks County, Bensalem: $21,240

Those receiving the grants from The Nonprofit Security Fund Programs, administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, were eligible to apply for grants from $5,000 to $150,000 for security enhancements, according to Wolf’s office.

The money can be used for safety and security planning, equipment and technology, training, building upgrades, vulnerability and threat assessments and other security enhancements. For more information on the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program and how to apply for a grant,

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