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Nonprofit Security Grant Program

The 2020 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) application period is now OPEN.

Deadline for submissions is March 17, 2020.

Please follow instructions below under the How to Apply section. Access 2020 Application Resources on this page for documents and assistance.

2020 Application Workshops

The 2020 NSGP application workshops are currently scheduled. PEMA is holding a February webinar followed by two in-person workshops.

Register at TRAIN PA. (You must create a TRAIN PA account. Learn how to register (PDF).)

NSGP Overview

The purpose of this program is to provide funding to eligible nonprofit 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 nonprofit sector with the local and state preparedness efforts, while promoting emergency preparedness collaboration and coordination.

Learn more from the 2020 FEMA NSGP webinar. (Note: You'll need to fill out the FEMA web form to access the webinar.)

Quick Program Basics

  • Federal program administered by PEMA
  • 36-month period of performance from September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2023
  • No cost-share requirement
  • Maximum award request in 2020 is $100,000 for both NSGP-UA and NSGP-S

Are You Eligible?

Eligible organizations meet the following criteria:

  • 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.
  • Facility is located within the boundaries of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Be at a high risk of a terrorist attack based on the following:
      1. 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.
      2. 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.
      3. Findings from previously conducted threat and/or vulnerability assessments.
  • Integration of nonprofit preparedness with broader state and local preparedness efforts.
  • Has a Duns and Bradstreet Number that matches the applicant name and address on the NSGP Investment Justification.

Learn more from your NSGP County Contact (PDF).

How Can These Funds be Used?

This funding for eligible nonprofit organizations is generally limited to target hardening and physical security enhancements.

Allowable Costs: Appendix C Funding Guidelines (PDF)

How to Apply

First determine for which NSGP program should you apply by accessing the NSGP Program Designation by County Document (PDF).

The grant application package must consist of: 

1.  Investment Justification (XLS) – Each subapplicant must develop a formal Investment Justification (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, and 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 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; and
      • Be consistent with all applicable requirements outlined in the NOFO.

The IJ must be uploaded using this naming convention:

      • NSGP-UA: “FY2020_NSGP_UA <PA>_<Urban Area>_<Nonprofit Name>"
      • NSGP-S: “FY2020_NSGP_S <PA>_<Nonprofit Name>

2.  Mission Statement – Each subapplicant must include its Mission Statement recognizing the impact an organization’s ideology, beliefs, or mission may have on their risk of potential terrorist threats. SAAs will use the Mission Statement to determine the organization type. Nonprofit organization:

      • Ideology-based/Spiritual/Religious
      • Educational
      • Medical
      • Other

3.  Vulnerability Assessment – Each subapplicant must include its vulnerability/risk assessment on which the request in the IJ is based.

Free security assessments are provided by the:

For additional vulnerability assessment information, contact

In some cases, local municipal, law enforcement, or county emergency management personnel conduct vulnerability assessments for communities. Please check with respective entities in your area to confirm.

The grant application package must be uploaded to Electronic Single Application.

Application Instruction Resources

What to Expect after Applying

Awards are determined by the federal agency. Award notifications are made to local level after PEMA receives the formal award from the federal agency.