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​​​​​​​​​​​Nonprofit Security Grant Program

The purpose of this program is to provide funding for physical and cybersecurity enhancements and other security-related activities to nonprofit organizations that are at a high risk of a terrorist or other extremist attack. 
The NSGP also seeks to integrate the preparedness activities of nonprofit organizations with broader state and local preparedness efforts.

The 2024 NSGP Grant application period has closed. Award results will be available in September. 

The 2025 NSGP Grant application period will open Spring 2025​.


All 2024 webinars have been held. ​View PEMA's 2024 webinar slide deck. (pdf)

Program Basics
  • Federal program administered by PEMA.
  • 36-month period of performance from Sept. 1, 2024 to Aug. 30, 2027.
  • No cost-share requirement.
  • Maximum award request in 2024 is $150,000 for both NSGP-UA and NSGP-S.
  • Nonprofits with multiple sites (multiple locations/physical addresses) can apply for additional sites at up to $150,000 per site, for a maximum of three sites, per funding stream (NSGP-S and NSGP-UA). Each location MUST have an individual application. No combination of site applications can exceed $450,000 per funding stream.


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​Are You Eligible?

FEMA lists the following nonprofit organizations as entities that are eligible to apply:

Community and Social Service Organizations
​Educational Facilities
​Event Venues
​Houses of Worship
​Medical Facilities
​Science Organizations
​Senior Centers/Care Facilities
​Shelters/Crisis Centers

NSGP Overview: Who is Eligible and Who Isn't (PDF)

This is not an exhaustive list of who is eligible. Expand for more eligibility requirements.

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How Can Funds be Used?

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

Allowable Costs: Funding Guidelines​ (PDF)

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​How to Apply
First, use the NSGP Program Desi​gnation by County Document (PDF) to determine the program for which you should apply. 

The PDF Application must be first saved then opened from the saved location. Please refer to this guide (IJ download instructions​) in case of problems opening the IJ PDF document. 

Each subapplicant must develop a formal Investment Justification 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 investment justification 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    
      • Be consistent with all applicable requirements outlined in the NOFO.
      • The Investment Justification must be uploaded using this naming convention:     
        • NSGP-UA: “FY2024_NSGP_UA <State Abbreviation>_<Urban Area>_<Nonprofit Name>"
        • NSGP-S: “FY2024_NSGP_S <State Abbreviation>_<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. Applicants must self-identify the nonprofit organization using one of the below four categories:

      1. Ideology-based/Spiritual/Religious
      2. Educational
      3. Medical
      4. Other

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

Vulnerability assessment resources: 

4. 501(C)(3) Determination Letter or Letter of Exemption     
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.

Fiscal year 2023 NSGP Awardee Listing:  Awardee List (PDF) 

Anticipated award date: No later than September 30, 2024.