NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Funding was awarded by the Healey-Driscoll Administration to a total of 47 organizations, including two in Northampton, that are at increased risk of hate crimes or terror attacks.

The annual Commonwealth Nonprofit Security Grant Program awarded $3 million in security grants to enhance security systems and door locks. A new pilot grant program also awarded $150,000 to 11 organizations to assist with security personnel costs.

Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity was awarded $96,631.47 The performance venue is located at 130 Pine St. in a historic church. The property is home to its original congregation and the reform synagogue, Beit Ahavah.

Transhealth, the nation’s first independent comprehensive trans healthcare center opened in Northampton in 2021. The organization was awarded $88,070.27.

“Today’s recipient organizations contribute immeasurably to the life of our Commonwealth as nonprofits fulfilling unique missions,” said Governor Maura Healey. “The security enhancements made possible by this funding ensure their continued preparedness against potential threats. Our Administration remains committed to ensuring the safety of those they service as centers of community, art and culture, learning, and social services.”

“All of us depend on nonprofit organizations like today’s recipients to provide safe dedicated space for the most important moments in life,” said Lieutenant Governor Kimberley Driscoll. “I commend the CNSGP recipients for their work to identify meaningful security enhancements to secure their premises, which range from a large, dynamic concert hall to serene houses of worship. Their vigilance gives all of us peace of mind.”

“The diversity of today’s recipients reflects the broad range of nonprofit organizations who share our vision for public spaces across Massachusetts,” said Public Safety and Security Secretary Terrence Reidy. “As cultural, educational, faith-based, healthcare, social service, and supportive living institutions, their impact depends on providing safe access to programming and services. I thank the OGR team for their outreach to and support of at-risk community applicants in this competitive process.”

“These grants are an investment in the central belief that everyone should be able to gather in faith without fear or to safely access needed services. Our nonprofit partners play a vital role in promoting public safety in our Commonwealth, and we are committed to ensuring the safety of these institutions,” said OGR Executive Director Kevin Stanton.

The following nonprofits were funded through the Commonwealth Nonprofit Security Grant Program. 

Grant RecipientCity/TownAward Amount
Bombyx Center for Arts & EquityNorthampton$96,631.47
Boston Symphony OrchestraBoston$93,500.00
Chelsea Jewish LifecareChelsea$70,132.00
Citizens for Citizens, Inc.Fall River$58,885.00
Clinical & Support Options, Inc.Clinton$85,583.73
Congregation Beth El Atereth IsraelNewton$99,000.00
Congregation Beth Pinchas Chassidic CenterBrookline$100,000.00
Congregation Shaarei TefillahNewton$50,400.00
El Buen Samaritano Food ProgramWorcester$9,973.29
Ginny’s Helping Hand, Inc.Leominster$36,105.34
Gordon CollegeWenham$99,999.88
Highrock Covenant ChurchArlington$66,200.00
Islamic Society of BostonBoston$100,000.00
Jewish Community Center of Sharon, Inc. (Temple Israel of Sharon)Sharon$62,319.05
Melrose Highlands Congregational ChurchMelrose$80,429.80
Reaching Out Furnishing Emergency Healthcare (ROFEH) InternationalBrookline$100,000.00
Ruth’s HouseHaverhill$98,797.02.
Saint John the EvangelistNorth Chelmsford$100,000.00
Saint Margaret of Scotland ChurchLowell$100,000.00
Saint Mary’s ParishChelmsford$100,000.00
Self-Realization Fellowship ChurchSomerville$100.000.00
Society of Islamic BrotherhoodBoston$100,000.00
South Middlesex Opportunity CouncilFramingham$38,500.00
St. Agnes ParishArlington$60,441.52.
St. Agnes SchoolArlington$18,000
St. Camillus ParishArlington$80,741.06
Temple B’nai AbrahamBeverly$91,422.00
Temple EmethChestnut Hill$100,000
Temple Israel BostonBoston$89,105.40
The Psychological Center, Inc.Lawrence$100,000.00
The Wang Center for the Performing ArtsBoston$99,682.83
Trinity Christian Academy of Cape CodBarnstable$98,769.34
USS Massachusetts Memorial Committee Inc, DBA Battleship CoveFall River$79,530.00
Uxbridge Church of the Nazarene, DBA Valley ChapelUxbridge$46,113.00
Veritas Christian AcademyWayland$51,668.00
Total $2,850,000

The following organizations received funds through the Commonwealth Nonprofit Security Personnel Grant Program.

Grant RecipientCity/TownAward Amount
Chabad Lubavitch Inc.Boston$2,325.00
Temple EmethChestnut Hill$5,720.00
Young Israel of SharonSharon$4,080.00
Gann AcademyWaltham$28,842.00
Temple Israel of BostonBoston$24,106.25
Temple Ohabei ShalomBrookline$21,175.00
Congregation Beth El Atereth IsraelNewton$5,265.00
Jewish Community Day SchoolWatertown$16,240.00
Temple Shalom EmethBurlington$2,886.00
Bais Yaakov of BostonBrighton$14,218.75
Combined Jewish PhilanthropiesBoston$25,142.00
Total $150,000