By: Toba Rainess
Baltimore Jewish Council
When Federal budget cuts left zero funding for the Homeland Security Grant Program this year, the Baltimore Jewish Council immediately took action. Working with the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and the office of Senator Barbara Mikulski, we advocated for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to restore funds to the program and to assure that the Baltimore region be included as a designated recipient area. Through combined efforts, the grant program went from a starting point of $0 to $10 million. Recently, Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the grant allocation and also set forth new guidance intended to enhance non-profit security.
The Baltimore Jewish Council has sent information out to ASSOCIATED agency, synagogue, day school and community leaders, encouraging them to apply for a grant. The deadline for submission of applications for review by the Council is Wednesday, March 21. For more information on the Homeland Security Grant Program, please contact Toba Rainess, BJC Deputy Director, or Keith Tiedemann, BJC Director of Security, at 410-542-4850. You can also access information on our website at www.baltjc.org.