CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire houses of worship and other non-profit organizations are getting a four-fold increase in federal funding to protect their facilities against potential terrorist attacks.
Until last year, only organizations in major metropolitan area were eligible for the Department of Homeland Security's Nonprofit Security Grant Program. But after a series of deadly shootings at houses of worship in other states and overseas, New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan led an effort to expand the program, and the state received $150,000 last year. That amount has since increased to $635,000, the congressional delegation said Tuesday.
The grants range in amount from about $30,000 to $50,000 and will be distributed to 14 churches, synagogues and other organizations.