GLEN ROCK, NJ - Congressman Josh Gottheimer is encouraging nonprofits, including houses of worship, schools and religious institutions to apply for the Nonprofit Security Grant, which is geared to provide funding for target hardening and physical security enhancements to help protect against terrorist attacks.

Earlier this week, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) hosted a conference call with New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Director Jared Maples and faith leaders from North Jersey to discuss security in local houses of worship, schools and religious institutions. Gottheimer wanted to encourage local organizations to apply for the Grants, suggesting such resources may also be used to conduct security-related exercises, including on-site training, and hiring security personnel.

“I am grateful to NJOHSP Director Jared Maples and faith leaders from North Jersey for joining the call to discuss the urgent need to apply for grants like the Nonprofit Security Grant Program," Gottheimer said. "This is especially important given the increased threat of violent attacks on our religious institutions. The safety and security of our places of worship is a bedrock American value. That is why my office continues to work with all eligible nonprofits to help claw back more of our federal tax dollars to protect our families and communities from threats of violence and homegrown terrorism."

In 2018, fourteen schools, synagogues, churches, and organizations in New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District received nearly $1.8 million in grants from the Nonprofit Security Grant Program -- one of the highest figures of any Congressional District in the country. That’s up from $500,000 the year before. Anyone interested in applying for a NSGP should contact Gottheimer’s office at (201) 389-1100.