R.I. awards $150,000 for nonprofits to improve security against terrorism

THE RHODE ISLAND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY has awarded $150,000 in security-improvement grants to five nonprofits.
THE RHODE ISLAND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY has awarded $150,000 in security-improvement grants to five nonprofits.

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Emergency Management Agency has awarded $150,000 in grants to improve security at five local nonprofit groups that are at a higher risk of terrorist attacks.

The grant money was provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Nonprofit Security Grant Program, according a RIEMA news release.

The grants were:

  • $50,000 for the Islamic School of Rhode Island in West Warwick.
  • $26,456 for Temple Emanu-El in Providence.
  • $25,215 for Chabad of West Bay Chai Center.
  • $24,829 for Temple Shalom in Middletown.
  • $23,500 for Congregation Jeshuat Israel, which worships at the historic Touro Synagogue in Newport.

The EMA said the Nonprofit Security Grant Program is intended to increase the protection of soft targets and crowded places, and lower the chance of a loss of life and property against threats.

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The Islamic School, for example, plans to use the money for fencing, the EMA said.

“This means a lot to us,” Mirvat Elanani of the Islamic School said in the news release. “We worry every now and then about things going on in the world. Some days we stay indoors and don’t move from one building to another. We feel very vulnerable, very exposed. This means a more secure playground for our students.”

This year’s award recipients were chosen from a field of 17 applicants. The next opportunity for nonprofits to apply for the grant is spring 2020.

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