July 29, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $950,000 IN GRANTS FOR MARYLAND HIGH-RISK INSTITUTIONS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), today announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded 18 Maryland high-risk non-profit institutions a total of $950,228 to help protect them from terrorist attacks.  The grants are funded through the fiscal year 2008 Homeland Security Grant Program, and are distributed to states based on a DHS formula. 

 
"Congress has a critical responsibility to protect American citizens from harm. I am proud that once again we are able to provide needed funds to help protect churches, synagogues, and other non-profit organizations who add such positive value to our communities and each of our daily lives, often at a high risk to the organization and its members," said Senator Cardin.   "This federal investment is an essential component of our national and homeland security."

 

 "This funding is an important victory for the hospitals, schools, community centers, synagogues and churches that need protection from terrorist violence.   This is a federal investment in added security to help protect organizations at risk," said Senator Mikulski.   "I have fought for these funds in the past, and I will keep fighting to protect institutions that are vital to our communities and the physical, social, spiritual and educational well-being of all Americans."

 

In the past, non-profits have used these federal funds for much-needed security enhancements, such as concrete barriers.   Institutions receiving these grants are: Torah Institute of Baltimore, The John Carroll School, The Maimonides Academy of Baltimore, Talmudical Academy of Baltimore, Bnos Yisroel of Baltimore, Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, Trinity Assembly of God and Dayspring Christian Academy, Bais Haknesses Ohr Hachaim, Jewish Museum of Maryland, Bolton Street Synagogue, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Chabad of Anne Arundel County, Suburban Orthodox Congregation, Yeshivas Lubavitch of Baltimore, Temple Adas Shalom-Harford Jewish Center, Congregation Shomrei Emunah and the U.S. Naval Academy for their stadium, which is used as an emergency operations center.   For more information on these grants, please contact institutions individually.   

 

As a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Mikulski makes fighting to provide this funding a top priority, despite a chronic lack of support from President Bush, who consistently provides zero funding for high-risk non-profits.   As a member of the Senate Budget Committee, Senator Cardin helps set Congressional priorities for security and other resources.