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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.

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

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 In 2017, the total amount available nationwide was $25,000,000. All grant funds will be provided on a reimbursement basis.

APPLICATION WORKSHOPS - UPDATE: All 2018 workshops/webinars have been held.

NSGP Workshop Presentation (PDF)

PEMA and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security are announcing the following grant application workshops to aid applicants in preparing for their 2018 application. Workshops will be presented on following dates:


Workshop Date: January 9, 2018

Registration Deadline: January 4, 2018

Location: Online Meeting

Time: follow the registration link below

Eastern Area

Workshop Date: January 19, 2018

Registration Deadline: January 16, 2018

Location: PennDOT District Office

7000 Geerdes Boulevard

King of Prussia, PA, 19406

Time: follow the registration link below

Western Area

Workshop Date: February 7, 2018

Registration Deadline:  February 2, 2018

Location: City of Pittsburgh

Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security

200 Ross Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Time: follow the registration link below


Workshop Date: February 22, 2018

Registration Deadline:  February 21, 2018

Location: Online Meeting

Time: follow the registration link below

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


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.

The application period for the current 2017 year is closed. We anticipate next year’s application period to open in spring of 2018.


Generally, there are very minimal application template changes between award years. The link contains the 2017 application template. It may be utilized for planning purposes. All applications for the 2018 grant must be on the 2018 application template.

Application Information 

  In preparation for the 2018 Non-profit Security Grant Program application, the following steps are also recommended:

  • 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.   

Tip: 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.