TORONTO - The federal government is urging communities affected by hate crimes to apply for funding to enhance security.

The government will provide up to $1 million in funding for an extension of the Security Infrastructure Pilot program, which began in 2007.

The funding helps covers costs associated with security infrastructure at not-for-profit community centres, provincially-recognized educational institutions, and places of worship with a history of being victimized by hate-motivated crime.

The application deadline for funding is June 17.

Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan announced some of the money will go toward the Reena program.

It's a non-profit agency that helps people with developmental disabilities form lifelong relationships within a framework of Jewish culture and values.

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