The Schultz Campus for Jewish Life will receive $187,000 to upgrade security measures at its 130,000-square foot facility located at 750 White Pond Drive. Jewish Community Board of Akron CEO David Koch says the Campus was awarded grant funding from the state of Ohio to make security improvements that assist organizations in reducing the risks of terrorism and other emergencies.
While all nonprofits were eligible to apply, grant funds were awarded to those that demonstrated specific vulnerability to acts of terror, including Jewish and other religious organizations.
The total amount of funding made available by House Bill No. 384 was $7.3 million. The bill allowed nonprofit organizations to apply for up to $100,000, to be used for security improvements including physical target hardening, terrorism awareness training and cyber security.
The Shaw JCC and The Lippman School applied for and received the grant funding, but the entire Campus will benefit including Beth El Congregation and the Jewish Family Service. The funds will be used to boost security efforts, enhance security cameras and improve secured access and entry points to the building. “With this funding, we will continue to enhance our security efforts as part of our ongoing commitment to safety,” Koch says.