Colorado became the latest state to enact a Nonprofit Security Grant Program to help protect nonprofit institutions from potential terror attacks. The measure passed 62-3 in the state Senate on May 10.

It is geared to “provide money to qualified nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack and that applied for, but did not receive, a grant from the federal nonprofit security grant program. Grant recipients may use the money for physical security enhancements and other security-related activities.”

Some states allow nonprofits to receive both state and federal security grant funds to improve their security. However, even in those instances, preference may be given to agencies that have not received federal security funding.

“As anti-Semitic violence continues to rise around the country, the need to protect our institutions continues to rise as well,” said Rabbi Yossi Kaplan, director of Agudath Israel of Colorado. “We are grateful to the bill sponsors, as well as the Jewish Colorado’s JCRC and our other coalition partners, for advocating on behalf of this bill.”

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