PHILADELPHIA – Marzo 11, 2020 – State Senator Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) announced that grants had been awarded to nonprofits in the 7th Senatorial District and to support a Philadelphia-based opioid diversion program Miércoles.

The grants are administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) through the Non-Profit Security Grant Fund program and the federal Byrne Justice Assistance (JAG) Program. In total, PCCD awarded $5 million to nonprofits across the state through the Non-Profit Security Grant program, choosing from 806 total projects that requested $27 million for various initiatives.

“I am grateful for the commitment to safety in our communities, as well as giving a second chance to those afflicted with substance use disorders,” Sen. Hughes said. “We must continue to prioritize funding initiatives of this type that have an immeasurable effect on public safety. I look forward to seeing the impact of these grants in my district, in the city of Philadelphia and across communities in the commonwealth.”

The grants are as follows:

Non-Profit Security Grants

  • Congregation Or Ami $25,000 for security lighting
  • Mahdieh Inc. $25,000 for cameras and upgrades to exit doors
  • Metropolitan Baptist Church $25,000 for security lighting and cameras

Byrne Justice Assistance Program Grants

The security grants are administered to nonprofit organizations who principally serve individuals, groups or institutions that are included within a bias motivation category for single bias hate crime incidents as identified by the FBI’s 2017 Hate Crime Statistics publication.

The JAG Program provides seed money to assist and state and local government entities in implementing a wide range of drug enforcement, correctional treatment/supervision, victim services, juvenile justice and criminal justice system improvement projects.