COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state is offering grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations to help them with security improvements to prevent or prepare for acts of terrorism.

Grants of up to $100,000 are provided by the Ohio Emergency Management Agency . The application deadline is March 15.

Eligible groups include churches, hospitals, libraries, private schools, community development corporations and non-governmental organizations.

The money can be used for security-related training courses, terrorism awareness or preparedness programs, enhancing security equipment and cyber security.

The funding is provided through a recently enacted state law. Ohio EMA Executive Director Sima (SEE'-mah) Merick says preventive measures are the best way to protect people and provide a safer environment.