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The non-profit security grant program is a federal program administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. The purpose of this program is to provide funding to eligible non-profit organizations, generally limited to target hardening and physical security enhancements. The focus is on organizations that are at high risk of a potential terrorist attack. The program further seeks the integration of preparedness activities of the non-profit sector with the local and state preparedness efforts, while promoting emergency preparedness collaboration and coordination.

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The Pennsylvania Emergency Management & Governor’s Office of Homeland Security are announcing the release of the Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program.

For 2017, the total amount of funds available nationwide is $25,000,00. All grants will be provided on a reimbursement basis. 


2017 Notice of Funding Opportunity 
Federal Notice of Funding Opportunity - This document provides information and guidance on the program, award, eligibility, application, and award selection. 

All eligible non-profit organizations must apply through PEMA, Pennsylvania’s State Administrative Agency (SAA) for the NSGP. The federal government accepts applications only from the SAA.

Non-profit organizations must be located within the two Pennsylvania high-risk Urban Area regions:

  • Philadelphia Area: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh Area: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Washington, Westmoreland, and the City of Pittsburgh
Eligible non-profit organizations may apply for up to $75,000.00.

Application Submission deadline to PEMA: June 12, 2017, 11:59pm.

Early submissions are encouraged and will be screened for administrative requirements on a first-come first-serve basis.

Applications will NOT be accepted after this date.

Non-profit organizations must have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) at the time of the application deadline.

Completed applications must be submitted to Subapplicants must use the following naming convention of their application/Investment Justification:

“NSGP_PA_<Urban Area>_<Nonprofit Name>.”

Required documents for a complete application packet:

  • Investment Justification (application template)
  • Vulnerability/Risk Assessment
  • Mission statement
  • County Emergency Management contact name (for proof of coordination with local emergency response)
    • Include this information in application section "II. Background – Describe any previous or existing role in responding to or recovering from terrorist attacks"  
Application Information 

  • All eligible non-profit organizations are encouraged to complete their registration in the federal government’s System for Award Management (SAM), via the website. An active registration in SAM is required at the time of application to the SAA. The SAM registration process may take 4 weeks or more after the initial submission becomes an active registration in the system. For more information, please visit help tab provides user guides, a demonstration video, a status tracker, and other helpful resources for a successful registration.
  • Organizations must also complete their vulnerability/risk assessment that must be submitted with the application. Vulnerability assessments are required and applications will not be accepted without this document.   

This program encourages coordination and collaboration activities between public and private community representatives. We recommend that non-profit organizations reach out to their respective county Emergency Management Coordinators directly to offer participation or define their role in emergency response.  An active role in local emergency response by a non-profit organization carries two points in the overall state scoring process improving the chance of an award.

Philadelphia Urban Area Contacts