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As of May 3, 2018 the Nonprofit Security Grant Program has been expanded to include all counties within Pennsylvania.


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.

For more information on the NSGP click on the video below. 


 The minimum eligibility requirements for entities wishing to apply for this grant are as follows:

  • Registered/Recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization as described in the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, title 26 of the U.S.C., and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code. 
  • Physically located within the state of Pennsylvania 
  • Be at a high risk of a terrorist attack based on the following: 
      • Identification and substantiation of prior threats or attacks (from within or outside the U.S.) by a terrorist organization, network, or cell against the applicant based on their ideology, beliefs, or mission 
      • Symbolic value of the site(s) as a highly recognized regional and/or national or historical institution(s) that renders the site a possible target of terrorism
      • Findings from previously conducted threat and/or vulnerability assessments 
  • Obtained a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. Instructions for registration can be found at Dun & Bradstreet’s website ( under the D-U-N-S Number section. Registration is free. 
  • Registered in the System for Award Management (SAM). An ACTIVE registration in SAM is required at the time of application. The SAM registration process may take 4 weeks or more after the initial submission becomes an active registration in the system. Instructions can be found at under the Create User Account section 
  • Integration of Non-Profit preparedness with broader State and local preparedness efforts 
    • Contact with local Emergency Management (EMA) Coordinator 
    • Having a role in the response/recovery from a terrorist attack 


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. The 2018 applications, instructions and deadlines will be posted on this website when the FFY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity(NOFO) is released. 

Eligible non-profit organizations may apply for up to $75,000.00. 

The Grant application package will consist of: 

    • Investment Justification(IJ)
    • Mission statement 
    • Vulnerability assessment

  • Target Hardening - NSGP funding can be used for the acquisition and installation of security equipment on real property, specifically in prevention of and/or protection against the risk of terrorist attack. 
  • Allowable equipment is limited to two categories within the Authorized Equipment List (AEL): 
      • Physical Security Enhancement Equipment (AEL Category 14) 
      • Inspection and Screening Systems (AEL Category 15) 
  • Security Related Training - NSGP funds may be used for security-related training courses and programs. Allowable training-related costs are limited to attendance fees for training, and related expenses such as materials, supplies, and/or equipment. 
GET READY TO APPLY CHECKLIST: (Downloadable PDF version)
 Confirm Eligibility 
 Register for Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number on 
 Register, update, or verify that the organization’s registration is current on
 Have a vulnerability assessment completed for the organization’s physical location
 Contact local Emergency Management (EMA) Coordinator for your organization’s role in the response/recovery from a terrorist attack

  Complete application. Send to PEMA at along with your mission statement and vulnerability assessment by the posted due date.


PEMA is announcing the following grant application workshop to aid applicants in preparing for their 2018 FFY 2018 application. 

The Workshop will be presented on following date

Workshop Date: June 4, 2018 

Registration Deadline: June 1, 2018 

Location: Online Meeting 

Time: follow the registration link below 

REGISTER for workshops here. (PDF step-by-step walkthrough here.) 

Direct any inquires to 

Please include your organization’s name and contact information in the email.

You may review this federal document FFY 2017 Federal Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) – It provides information and guidance on the program, award, eligibility, application, and award recipient selection. While reviewing the 2017 NOFO, please keep in mind that the eligibility has been expanded for all Pennsylvania counties for FY2018. We will post the 2018 NOFO on this website upon its release.