Nonprofit Security Grant Program


The Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) provides funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack and located within one of the urban areas receiving funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). The NSGP also serves to promote emergency preparedness coordination and collaboration activities between public and private community representatives as well as state and local government agencies. The NSGP supports the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Mission to Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience.

Applicants are eligible to apply for NSGP-UA and NSGP-S if they are outside the UASI. Additionally, the cap for requested funds is $100,000 for those applicants that are located within the Atlanta UASI and applicants outside the UASI.

Additional changes for the FY20 NSGP, allowable costs were expanded to include security training for all nonprofit staff, planning related costs, and exercises related cost, in addition to the traditionally allowable equipment.

In FY 2020, nonprofits are encouraged to apply for additional costs, including contracted security personnel as well as security-related training for:

  • Employed or volunteer security staff to attend security-related training within the United States;
  • Employed or volunteer security staff to attend security-related training within the United States with the intent of training other staff or members/congregants upon completing the training (i.e., “train-the-trainer” type courses);
  • Employed or volunteer security staff or members/congregants to receive on-site security training.

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 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 (August 31, 2023)
  • Be consistent with all applicable requirements outlined in the Notice of Funding (NOFO).

Vulnerability/Risk Assessment

Each sub-applicant must include its vulnerability/risk assessment on which the request in the IJ is based. It is attached below for your use.

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 FY20 NSGP Investment Justification (IJ) Template, the 2020 Key Changes, the 2020 FAQ, the 2020 NSGP Fact Sheet, and a copy of the NSGP Vulnerability Assessment. Additionally, I have included a link to for the Approved Equipment List for FY20. Applicants may only apply for categories 14 and 15 from the AEL.

To reiterate, all NSGP applicants will submit:

  • Investment Justification
  • Mission Statement
  • Vulnerability Assessment

Failure to turn in the above items within the allotted time frame will result in your grant application being forfeited.

NOTE: Applications will only be accepted on-line via the new Georgia EMGrantsPro System at beginning February 19, 2020.


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

CFDA Title: Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)

Key Dates

The Application period opens February 19, 2020.

All applications for this grant must be received by the deadline, March 25, 2020, to be considered.

GEMA/HS expects notification of award no later than August 31, 2020.

General projected state-level period of performance (POP) is September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2023.