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Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)

Grants to USA Agencies to Protect Nonprofits
Against The Threat of Terrorism

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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04/15/20 5:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to USA and Territories agencies to protect nonprofit organizations across the country from the threat of terrorism. Interested applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support the provision of equipment, training, and other activities that enhance the ability of state governments to assist high-risk nonprofits in the prevention of, response to, and recovery from terrorist attacks.

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) is one of three grant programs that constitute Department of Homeland Security (DHS) DHS/Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) focus on enhancing the ability of state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as nonprofits, to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks. These grant programs are part of a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by the DHS to help strengthen the nation’s communities against potential terrorist attacks. Among the five basic homeland security missions noted in the 2018 DHS Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, NSGP supports the goal to Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience. 

The FY 2020 NSGP provides funding support for physical security enhancements and other security related activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack. NSGP seeks to integrate the preparedness activities of nonprofit organizations with broader state and local preparedness efforts.

For FY 2020, DHS is focused on the criticality of information sharing and collaboration to building a national culture of preparedness and protecting against terrorism and other emerging threats to national security.Thus DHS will be focused on forging partnerships to strengthen information sharing and collaboration and looking for recipients to remove barriers to communication and cooperation with DHS and other federal agencies. 

In assessing the national risk profile for FY 2020, one area attracts the most concern: Enhancing the protection of soft targets/crowded places. Likewise, there are several enduring security needs that crosscut the homeland security enterprise. The following are second-tier priorities that help recipients implement a comprehensive approach to securing communities:

  1. Effective planning;
  2. Training and awareness campaigns; and
  3. Exercises.

For detailed funding priorities, see

FY 2020 NSGP allowable costs are focused on security-related activities. Funding can be used for contracted security personnel, as well as security-related planning; exercises; training; and the acquisition and installation of security equipment on real property (including buildings and improvements) owned or leased by the nonprofit organization at the time of application.  

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GrantWatch ID#: 188317

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- For NSGP-UA, each nonprofit organization applies through the State Administrative Agency (SAA) for up to a $100,000 grant award.
- For NSGP-S, the SAA may determine an award cap for individual subawards up to a maximum of $100,000 or the total allocation for that state, whichever is lower.

Total Program Funding: In FY 2020, the total amount of funds under this grant program is $90 million, of which $50 million is for NSGP-Urban Area (UA) and $40 million is for NSGP-State (S).

Term of Contract:

Period of performance is 36 months, as follows:
- Projected Period of Performance Start Date(s): September 1, 2020
- Projected Period of Performance End Date(s): August 31, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants: State governments.The SAA is the only entity eligible to apply for FY 2020 NSGP funds on behalf of eligible nonprofit organizations that have been determined to be at high risk of terrorist attack.

Nonprofit organizations must apply for FY 2020 NSGP through their State Administrative Agency (SAA). Nonprofit organizations may not apply directly to DHS/FEMA for FY 2020 NSGP funds. SAAs, in coordination with the Urban Area Working Groups (UAWG) or other relevant state partners, are encouraged to notify and actively inform eligible nonprofit organizations of the availability of FY 2020 NSGP funding. (Eligible nonprofit organizations are those organizations described under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, Title 26 of the U.S.C., and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code. For NSGP-UA, nonprofit organizations must be located within one of the FY 2020 UASI designated urban areas, listed in FY 2020 NSGP Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). For NSGP-S, nonprofit organizations may be located anywhere within a state or territory, outside of a UASI-designated urban area. For eligibility criteria for nonprofit organizations, see

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates and Times:

a. Application Start Date: February 14, 2020
b. Application Submission Deadline for the SAA: April 15, 2020, 5pm ET
c. Application Submission Deadline for Nonprofit Organizations:
- Nonprofit organizations must contact the SAA for the state/territory deadline. Nonprofit applications are due to the SAA before the application submission deadline for the SAA.
- SAAs establish all requirements and deadlines to manage their nonprofit subapplication process in support of their submissions to DHS/FEMA. Deadlines and SAA requirements may vary from state/territory to state/territory. The SAA application deadline is April 15, 2020 at 5pm Eastern Time. All applications must be received by the established deadline.
d. Anticipated Funding Selection Date: No later than July 1, 2020
e. Anticipated Award Date: No later than September 30, 2020

Other Key Dates (suggested deadline for completion):

- Obtaining DUNS Number: March 1, 2020
- Obtaining a valid EIN: March 1, 2020
- Updating SAM registration: March 1, 2020
- Starting application in April 8, 2020
- Submit final application in ND Grants: April 15, 2020 at 5 P.M. ET

Applying for an award under the NSGP is a multi-step process:
- Eligible applicants must submit their initial application through the portal.
- After submitting the initial application in, eligible applicants will be notified by DHS/FEMA and asked to proceed with submitting their complete application package in ND Grants. Applicants can register early with ND Grants and are encouraged to begin their ND Grants registration at the time of this announcement and submit, at the latest, the portion of the application seven days before the application deadline. Early registration will allow applicants to have adequate time to start and complete their application.

If you are going to apply for this funding opportunity and have not obtained a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and/or are not currently registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), please take immediate action to obtain a DUNS Number, if applicable, and then to register immediately in SAM. It may take 4 weeks or more after you submit your SAM registration before your registration is active in SAM, then an additional 24 hours for to recognize your information. (For information on obtaining a DUNS number and registering in SAM, see

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

- Initial applications should be submitted at Applicants needing support should contact the customer support hotline at (800) 518-4726.
- Eligible applicants should submit the complete application package at Applicants needing technical support with the ND Grants System should contact or (800) 865-4076

For additional program-specific information, please contact the Centralized Scheduling and Information Desk (CSID) help line at (800) 368-6498 or

For support regarding financial grant management and budgetary technical assistance, applicants may contact the DHS/FEMA Grant Operations Help Desk, via e-mail at

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