Through the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), the Arizona Department of Homeland Security (ADHS) recently awarded nearly $500,000 to five Jewish organizations in southern Arizona for the upgrading the security infrastructure.
The five winning organizations are Congregation Chofetz Chayim, Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, University of Arizona Hillel Foundation, Tucson Jewish Museum & Holocaust Center, and Tucson Jewish Community Center.
The amount awarded is $497,915.
On its website, the NSGP is a unique initiative designed to provide support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements and activities, including planning and training, to nonprofit organizations that are at risk. high of terrorist attack. The intent of these funds is to integrate nonprofit preparedness activities with broader state and local preparedness efforts. It is also designed to promote coordination and collaboration in emergency preparedness activities between representatives of public and private communities, as well as national and local government agencies.
Under the leadership of Jewish Community Safety Directors Paul Patterson and Chelsea Gutierrez, Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona (JPSA) worked closely with area synagogues and agencies to secure funding, while providing advisory services for the implementation of approved upgrades.
“Thanks to incredible teamwork and collaboration, our community has now raised nearly $1,000,000 for security measures to harden targets over two grant cycles,” said Emily Richman, Acting CEO. from JPSA. “The award-winning agencies have put in countless hours, and our entire community will benefit from this hard work.”
Nationally, just over half of funding requests submitted in 2022 received NSGP approval.
“At the end of the day, there are a lot of people who worked really hard on these programs,” Patterson said. “It really is a team effort, which is why we often say that none of us is as strong as all of us.”