DC to Give Religious Groups $976K to Boost Security in Wake of Pittsburgh Attack

"We remain focused on defending D.C. values and celebrating and uplifting our city’s unique and strong sense of inclusivity and diversity," the mayor said

The D.C. government is awarding more than $975,000 to religious institutions in the city so that they can boost security in the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue attack. 

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the grants of $976,500 on Monday, two days after 11 people were fatally shot. 

Nine nonprofits, including places of worship, will receive between $30,000 and $150,000 to put toward security efforts as part of larger, citywide preparedness efforts.

"We remain focused on defending D.C. values and celebrating and uplifting our city’s unique and strong sense of inclusivity and diversity," Bowser said in a statement. "Through grants like these, we can do more to ensure residents and visitors feel safe throughout the District —  especially in our places of worship.”

The grantees include the Adas Israel Congregation, the Kesher Israel Georgetown Synagogue and The National Presbyterian Church.

The grants will be managed by D.C.'s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. The funds can be used on new cameras, gates, doors and more. 

Over the next few months, the city plans to host emergency-preparedness events for nonprofits. 

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