Grant Information

Nonprofit Security Grants for 2021 Are Now Available.

HOW:

How does it work?

State Administrative Agencies (SAAs) are the applicants, responsible for applying and administering the federal NSGP program on behalf of the nonprofit grantees. You must apply through your respective SAA for grant funding. A state’s SAA is usually a state’s Department of Homeland Security or Emergency Management Agency, but it is critical to check your state to be sure.

Your SAA will score and rank your application and then submit it to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA will review the submission further and the Secretary of Homeland Security will make the final award determination.

Once funding is awarded, your SAA distributes it on a reimbursement basis. In other words, you must cover, supply, and provide proof of having paid the upfront approved costs, to be reimbursed. But the grant will not cover expenses incurred prior to application approval. It is our plan to have loan funds available for those agencies that cannot afford the up front costs of the security improvements.

Sound complicated? Don’t worry. We’re here to help. Get in touch with us at help@live-secure.org.


How much can you apply for?

You can apply for up to $150,000 per award. Your State Administrative Agency (SAA) may set a lower cap in its jurisdiction at its discretion. If the SAA chooses to lower the cap in its jurisdiction, it will be included in its local application guidance.


How can you use the funds?

You’re allowed to use the funds for the following:

  • Physical improvements to your organization’s building or property to make it more difficult or unattractive to target – “target hardening,” as we mentioned earlier. Target hardening is limited to the acquisition and installation of security equipment and inspection and screening systems. This can include: ensuring that all doors and windows can resist forcible and surreptitious intruder attack, adding barriers such as fences and bollards, or making other enhancements that make it harder for a vehicle or a pedestrian to intrude. You can get a detailed list of both accepted security equipment and target hardening measures (limited to Categories 14 and 15 of FEMA’s Approved Equipment List) here.

  • Security and emergency planning expenses that are directly related to the protection of your facility and the people within.

  • Conducting security-related exercises that enable your organization to evaluate security plans, procedures, and capabilities and to assess progress toward meeting your goals in a controlled, low-risk setting.

  • Security-related training (held within the U.S.), which includes attendee costs and corresponding expenses (materials, supplies, etc.) for your employed or volunteer staff. Funding also covers your organization’s onsite security training for employees, congregants, and members.

  • Accepted training topics are limited to the protection of critical infrastructure, including physical and cybersecurity, target hardening, and terrorism awareness/employee preparedness, including programs such as Community Emergency Response Team training, Active Shooter training, and emergency first aid training.

  • Hiring contracted security personnel (or off-duty police) is also a permissible cost. Applicants for this investment are required to submit a plan that explains how contracted security personnel costs will be sustained after the funding or period of performance of the award expires. The funding may not be used to underwrite existing security contracts and may not be used to purchase equipment for contracted security personnel.

    Requirements and perspectives regarding security hiring can vary from state to state, so be sure to check with your SAA before making this investment.

WHY:

Why are you very likely eligible for this grant?

All places of worship and 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible to apply. This would include Jewish nonprofit organizations such as Federations, JCCs, synagogues, schools, human services organizations, and others.

Your organization will be eligible based on threats to your specific institution, or similar institutions.


Why do you need to apply as soon as possible?

FEMA has now announced the 2021 NSGP Notice of Funding Opportunity. Check with your local SAA to see if the application process is open in your area. The application window can vary from state to state and can be quite short.

HERE IS YOUR STEP-BY-STEP NSGP APPLICATION GUIDE

  • STEP 1: CONTACT YOUR STATE ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCY

    Your SAA will set forth the documentation that will be required and how and in what format it should be submitted. Typical categories of documents requested include: Mission Statement, Vulnerability/Risk Assessment, Investment Justification (sub-application), Supporting Documentation that substantiates threat, if applicable, Contracted Security Personnel Sustainability Plan, if applicable, and any other information requested by the SAA.

    Find Your State Contact

  • STEP 2: CONDUCT A FACILITY RISK & VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT

    If you haven’t done so already, conduct a facility risk/vulnerability self-assessment to determine the risks, vulnerabilities, and consequences of a terrorist attack.

    As we learn more, we’ll provide more information on how to access it, right here.

  • STEP 3: FILL OUT THE REQUIRED INVESTMENT JUSTIFICATION (IJ)

    The application is called an Investment Justification (IJ). There are seven parts to the Investment Justification, which will be evaluated by both the SAA and FEMA.

    Learn More

  • STEP 4: SUBMIT

    That’s it! Don’t be afraid to be in touch for support in the process! help@live-secure.org.

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This website was last updated on February 25nd, 2021
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