Nonprofit Security Grant Program

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) provides funding for physical security enhancements and other security-related activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack. The NSGP also seeks to integrate the preparedness activities of nonprofit organizations with broader state and local preparedness efforts.

Applicants are eligible to apply for NSGP-UA and NSGP-S if they are outside the UASI. Additionally, the cap for requested funds is $150,000 for those applicants that are located within the Atlanta UASI and applicants outside the UASI.

Given the evolving threat landscape, it is incumbent upon DHS/FEMA to continuously evaluate the national risk profile and set priorities that help ensure appropriate allocation of scarce security dollars. In assessing the national risk profile for FY 2022, one area attracts the most concern:

  1. 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.

A Mission Statement and Vulnerability Assessment is required to be submitted along with the Investment Justification.

Investment Justification (IJ):

Each applicant must develop a formal IJ that addresses each investment proposed for funding.  Security enhancements must be for the locations that the nonprofit occupies at the time of application. The investments or projects described in the IJ must:

  • Address an identified risk, including threat and vulnerability
  • Build or sustain a core capability identified in the National Preparedness Goal;
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide enhancements consistent with the purpose of the program and guidance provided by DHS/FEMA;
  • Be both feasible and effective at reducing the risks for which the project was designed
  • Be able to be fully completed within the three year period of performance 
  • Be consistent with all applicable requirements outlined in the Notice of Funding (NOFO) and the National Preparedness Goal.  

Vulnerability/Risk Assessment

Each sub-applicant must include a vulnerability/risk assessment unique to the site the IJ is being submitted for.

Mission Statement

Each applicant must include its Mission Statement and any mission implementing policies or practices that may elevate the organization’s risk.  Recognizing the impact an organization’s ideology, beliefs, or mission may have on their risk of potential terrorist threats. GEMA/HS will use the submitted Mission Statement along with information provided in the applicant’s IJ in order to validate the organization type. The central purpose of the organization described in the Mission Statement will be used to validate the organization type identified in the IJ as one of the following: 1) Ideology-based/Spiritual/Religious; 2) Educational; 3) Medical; or 4) Other. 

Attached you will find the FY22 NSGP Investment Justification (IJ) Template, the 2022 Key Changes, the 2022 FAQ, the 2022 NSGP Fact Sheet, and a copy of the NSGP Vulnerability Assessment. Included also is a link for the Approved Equipment List for FY22. Applicants may only apply for categories 14 and 15 from the AEL. Please complete the attached FY22 IJ, vulnerability assessment, and submit with the mission statement to no later than May 31, 2022.

To reiterate, all NSGP applicants will submit:

  • Investment Justification
  • Mission Statement
  • Vulnerability Assessment

No later than May 31, 2022, failure to turn in the above items within the allotted timeframe will result in your grant application being forfeited.

NOTE: Applications will only be accepted on-line via the Georgia EM Grants Manager System at beginning May 16, 2022.


The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 97.008

CFDA Title: Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)

Key Dates

The Application period opens May 16, 2022.

All applications for this grant must be received by the deadline, May 31, 3022 to be considered.

GEMA/HS expects notification of award no later than September 30, 2022.

General projected state-level period of performance (POP) is October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2025.