Houses of worship are considered soft targets for those intent on doing evil. In response to the ongoing threat, the Department of Homeland Security has several resources for congregations to review and implement as they desire.
Some of these resources include:
- Hometown Security Report which outlines the challenges and how to prepare for potential threats.
- A vulnerability assessment for churches.
- A grant program where churches can request funds to enhance their on-campus security.
If you’re interested in being considered for a grant to assist in upgrading your on-campus security, applications will be received beginning April 16, 2019. Interested churches are encouraged to complete and submit their grant requests by April 30, 2019.
The first step to apply for the grant is to immediately apply for a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number via the following link: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html. Obtaining this identifying number for the nonprofit/church is mandatory and takes weeks to receive.
A vulnerability assessment is also required and can be accessed by clicking on the Vulnerability Assessment PDF in the download section below.
IMPORTANT: Churches and religious schools will not compromise the religious freedoms of their faith-based institutions for applying and accepting any DHS funding for this program.
For additional information and resources visit:
- Read the Baptist Message story here: http://baptistmessage.com/dhs-offers-grants-to-churches-for-security-upgrades/