Harrisburg, PA – Senators have proposed using part of the budget surplus to fund programs to ensure the safety of churches, religious organizations, and non-profits.

The purpose of the legislation is twofold:

• To establish a Pennsylvania Nonprofit Security Grant Program – this would provide funding for security improvements for facilities used by faith-based organizations.

• To provide grants for community-based conversations and events that create an atmosphere supportive of tolerance, respect, and understanding.

Parts of the bill were modeled after Pennsylvania’s new School Safety and Community Violence Prevention and Reduction Grant Program (Act 44 of 2019), which provides funding for school security measures such as metal detectors and security cameras, as well as for community forums about safety.

PA Senate Bill 676 would have to pass in both the Senate and the House before heading to Governor Tom Wolf’s desk.