Maryland Governor Wes Moore announced $1 million in additional emergency state funding for hate crime prevention grants on Tuesday.
According to a press release, the grants will fund security and protection for local organizations that serve protected classes and religious institutions. The grants will be distributed through the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services. Organizations are eligible for up to $40,000.
“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again—in Maryland we do not, and we will never, tolerate hatred. Not toward Muslims. Not toward Jews. Not toward Christians. Not toward anyone,” said Gov. Moore. “Safety is my number one priority as governor and my administration remains steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that all Marylanders feel safe in their homes and in their communities.”
The Governor’s office is concerned about the rise in faith-based hate crimes, specifically the rise of Islamophobia and anti-semitism stemming from the violence in Gaza and Israel.
“The governor’s office has been in touch with communities that are very concerned about their ability to protect themselves from incidents of hate,” said Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services Executive Director Dorothy Lennig. “We want everyone in our faith-based and non-profit communities to know that they do not have to wait until the start of a new grant funding cycle to get at-risk communities the resources they need.”
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