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Legislators push boost in federal funds to harden at-risk nonprofits

Following a cut of 6%, Sen. Chris Murphy wants a “big, meaningful increase.”

U.S. Capitol building. Credit: Gagan Kaur/Pexels.
U.S. Capitol building. Credit: Gagan Kaur/Pexels.

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) suffered a drop this year with $18 million less as part of an across-the-board decrease in Homeland Security projects, causing an already underfunded and much-in-demand service to fulfill 43% of requests.

Now, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Homeland Security, has pushed back, insisting on an increase to the program that provides security grants to nonprofits at threat of terrorist attacks.

Murphy said he wanted to “deliver another big, meaningful increase in the not-for-profit security grant program.” The congressman also described how the “threat to Jewish communities is different and we should treat it as different.”

Rep. Kathy Manning (D-N.C.) also called for a funding boost because of rising antisemitism, saying, “I joined 135 of my House colleagues to call for an increase to $360 million of funding in fiscal year 2024.”

This year’s budget was $305 million.

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