Religious and Nonprofit Security Grant

The Religious and Nonprofit Security grant program pays for security equipment, training, and other critical safety needs for faith organizations and nonprofits targeted because of their mission, ideology, or beliefs. This is a new state-funded grant program created in 2023.

2023 Awardees

In 2023, nearly $500,000 was distributed among 20 faith-based organizations and nonprofits in Washington State whose sites, members, or visitors had been targeted for bias or hate crimes. Commerce awarded up to $25,000 to each grantee. Commerce received 116 applications requesting more than $2.4 million in funding.

2024 Grant Opportunity

The Washington State Department of Commerce is initiating a Request for Application (RFA) process to fund $1.5 million in security improvements for religious and nonprofit facilities.

The Washington State Legislature updated this program and added funding in the winter of 2024. These new grants must be awarded to:

  • Religious institutions
  • Nonprofit by-and-for organizations
  • Nonprofit community centers

All applications must demonstrate that their sites have been subject to, or at risk of physical attacks, threats, or other damages because of the mission, ideology or beliefs.

Responses are due by July 2, 2024 by 4:00 PM.

What can these grants be used for?

  • Physical security enhancements (e.g. improved doors, fences, lighting, or security systems)
  • Target hardening (e.g. cement barriers in front of a building)
  • Renovation and repairs to enhance security
  • Preparedness planning, training, or exercises

Q&A Responses from the Applicants’ Conference

Download the May 14, 2024 Q&A responses from the grant information sessions (PDF)

Grant Information session

There was an applicants’ conference on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The Zoom recording can be viewed at:

https://wastatecommerce.zoom.us/rec/share/O7x8JoBrI97shwaCtRT8vQJmymoSxB-b5C6XnQp7h2QeV64Lef2iO14dHIKIK5Yl.9NXe6KrrUaZCRY6f

Passcode: o0DkPvF*

If you have questions, contact the RFA Coordinator, Michelle Griffin at: Michelle.Griffin@commerce.wa.gov.

Grant application materials

Download the Religious and Nonprofit Security Grant RFA (PDF)
Download the Religious and Nonprofit Security Grant Application (Word)