Hussein Hamdani encourages leaders of Muslim institutions to apply for security grants from Public Safety Canada
Original address: http://forums.almaghrib.org/showthread.php?t=34509
Author: Hussein Hamdani
Original title: Federal Funding for Mosques and Schools
Asalaamu alaikum brothers and sisters, Recently, the Federal government announced another round of funding available to religious organizations (including mosques and schools) and community centres (including immigration settlement centres).
Unfortunately, there is a very short and looming deadline to get the application in: June 17, 2009. The first time around, approximately 98% of the funding went to Jewish organizations, while Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and others shared the remaining crumbs.
In my trips to Ottawa as a member of the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security, I have been very vocal in my criticism for the lack of funding to non-Jewish organizations. I invited the Minister to either change the name of the program to “Securing Synagogues” so that we are at least clear that this was meant for Jews only, or the funding be reflective of the diverse communities of Canada. After some denying that the funding was meant for Jews only (even though 98% went to one community), he agreed that the department would do a better job informing others of the program.
Please see the brief below as well as the link about the program. Basically, it allows religious organizations and community centres an opportunity to upgrade their security infrastructure by receiving a grant. The organization has to match the grant in dollars or in in-kind donations.
The application is long, so please get started right away.
Would you please forward this email to Presidents of the local Mosque, or principals of schools so that they can try to seek such funding.
Our community needs this program more then any other community. The levels of Islamophobic behaviour has been on a steady rise since 2001.
Masjid An Noor in St. Catharines was successful in receiving some grant money previously. I am not sure if they can help you or not, but if you have some questions, I have cc’ed the mosque to this correspondence.
Hussein A. Hamdani
North American Spiritual Revival