Several Jewish non-profits have applauded President Joe Biden for his proposed budget for 2023, in which a huge financial boost is slated to be given to the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP).
The new budget looks at funding the NSGP with $360 million- a boost that has been requested by Jewish organizational leaders, especially because of the uptick in anti-Semitic attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions in the past year. The NSGP received $180 million in funding in 2021, which resulted in many organizations being rejected.
“We’re extraordinarily grateful to President Biden for proposing $360 million for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program—a program that saves lives and protects houses of worship,” said Elana Broitman, senior vice president of public affairs for the Jewish Federations of North America, in a news release. “The need for these protections has only grown amid increasing terrorist and domestic extremist threats—as we saw in Colleyville, and in bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers and HBCUs [Historically Black Colleges and Universities] in recent weeks.”
Nathan Diament, executive director of the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center also added, “It’s very important and useful for the administration to propose $360 million for NSGP. That’s the level of funding that we’ve been advocating for for a few years, and the president’s budget is very much a blueprint for what at least the Democrats in Congress who are running the Hill these days are going to strive to fund.”