[HARTFORD, CT] – U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy today announced $14.3 million in federal grants for Connecticut municipalities, faith organizations, ports, and tribal nations to bolster security efforts and prepare for emergency situations and disasters.
The $14.3 million in federal funding comes from several grant programs administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will be used to train law enforcement to respond to emergency situations and enhance security measures.
“Complacency and overconfidence — great enemies in today’s dangerous world — will be countered by this federal support for emergency preparedness and homeland security. Our state has seen its fair share of violent threats against institutions and infrastructure. Our communities will be safer— and feel safer— with the work enabled by this major federal investment,” Blumenthal said.
“Keeping Americans safe is the most important function of government, and these FEMA grants will provide Connecticut with the funding we need to make sure everything from our ports and railways to our churches and synagogues are prepared for any emergency. And as climate change causes increasingly frequent and destructive weather disasters, it’s more important than ever that our state has these resources and is ready to respond,” Murphy said.
Connecticut was awarded a $4.8 million State Homeland Security Program grant to prevent and respond to potential acts of terrorism. Another $4.96 million Emergency Management Performance Grant Program grant was awarded to Connecticut to implement comprehensive emergency preparedness systems for all types of hazards.
In addition to that funding, Connecticut non-profit faith organizations were awarded a total of $3.2 million in Nonprofit Security Grant Program funds designated for groups that are at a high risk of a terrorist attack. The funding was awarded to 23 synagogues and churches for security enhancements and emergency preparedness efforts.
Nine Connecticut cities, departments, and organizations received a total of $1.2 million in Port Security Grant Program funds to implement security plans and conduct security activities at the state’s maritime ports.
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation also received a $138,068 Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program award to help tribal nations strengthen security against potential terrorist attacks.
Connecticut Nonprofit Security Grant Program Awardees
Bethesda Evangelical Lutheran Church $127,570
Chabad Jewish Center Milford -Chabad of Milford-Hebrew Congregation of Woodmont ("CJCM") $150,000
Chabad Lubavitch of the Shoreline $150,000
Chabad of New Canaan $150,000
Congregation Ahavath Achim $148,393
Congregation Beth El New Haven $150,000
Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue $150,000
Congregation Kol Haverim $91,000
First Baptist Church of Stratford $104,170
Jewish Community Center in Sherman Inc $150,000
Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford $133,700
Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven $150,000
Milford Christian Church and Academy $149,710
Passionist Fathers of CT $125,000
St Thomas Syro-Malabar Church Inc $150,000
St. Theresa Church $150,000
Stamford Jewish Center $150,000
Temple Beth Torah $56,690
Temple Bnai Chaim $40,937
Temple Shalom Norwalk $150,000
Temple Sinai of Newington $148,400
United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien, Inc. $150,000
Yeshiva Gedolah of Waterbury $150,000
Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program Awardee
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation $138,068
Connecticut Port Security Grant Program Awardees:
City of Bridgeport $178,159
City of New London $104,069
City of Stamford $12,000
Cross Sound Ferry Services, Inc. $25,000
CT Dept. of Emergency Services and Public Protection (CT DESPP) $477,509
McAllister Towing & Transportation Co. Inc. $211,500
Santa Energy Corp dba Inland Fuel Terminals, Inc. $113,409
Town of Fairfield $25,809
Town of Greenwich Police Department $16,000