U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland, and Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, were among 31 senators who sent a letter to ranking members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security to request $75 million for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program.
The letter requests a $15 million increase over current program funding, according to a news release from Portman’s office. The grants can help nonprofits and faith-based organizations secure their facilities in case of an attack.
“With the rise of hate groups in our nation, the record of threats facing members of our community, and the February 2019 assessment by U.S. Counterterrorism agencies that the threat to faith-based communities posed by domestic extremists is enduring, now more than ever Congress needs to strengthen the NSGP program,” the release said.