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The Nonprofit Security Grant Program has been expanded to include all counties within Pennsylvania.

Application Submission deadline to PEMA: June 6, 2018, 11:59pm

Applications will not be accepted after this date.

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, watch the video below. 



Period of Performance: Thirty-six (36) months.

Projected Period of Performance Start Date(s): September 1, 2018

Projected Period of Performance End Date(s): August 31, 2021

No Cost Share Requirement


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 

IMPORTANT ALERT: Registration Process Changes in

Beginning on April 27, 2018, all entities renewing or updating their SAM registration at will be required to submit an original, signed notarized letter confirming the authorized Entity Administrator associated with the DUNS number before the registration is activated.

For more details, please follow the instructions:

  • Integration of non-profit preparedness with broader state and local preparedness efforts
  • Contact with local county emergency management (EMA) coordinator
  • Having a role in the response/recovery from a terrorist attack

PEMA will announce grant application workshops to aid applicants in preparing for the 2019 application. Workshops will be offered in person in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh regions, along with an online format (webinars). Based on interest, there may be more workshops offered to provide support to the nonprofit community.

Workshops will be announced here, including the registration instructions at the link below. 

Register for workshops at TrainPA and find a step-by-step walkthrough document (PDF).


Notice of Funding Opportunity  (2018 NSGP NOFO) - This document provides information and guidance on the program, award, eligibility, application, and award selection.

For Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2018, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has allocated NSGP funding to eligible non-profit organizations physically located outside of the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) regions. Eligible nonprofits located outside of the FFY 2018 UASI-designated urban areas may apply to the SAA to receive funding only under NSGP-S. Eligible nonprofits located within the FFY 2018 UASI-designated urban areas may apply to the SAA to receive funding only under NSGP-UA. FEMA will verify that the nonprofit has been included in the correct program and may disqualify applications that are not included in the correct program. Please see the below dropdown list for your county’s designation.

NSGP-UA NSGP-S County Designation

Total Nationwide funding available:

​Nonprofit Security Grant Program - UASI (NSGP-UA) $50,000,000 

Total Pennsylvania funding available:

​Nonprofit Security Grant Program - (NSGP-S) $250,000

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.

Eligible non-profit organizations within NSGP-UA may apply for up to $150,000.00.

Eligible non-profit organizations within NSGP-S may apply for up to $100,000.00.

Investment Justification (IJ)

The Grant application package must consist of: 

1.    Investment Justification (IJ) -  Each subapplicant must develop a formal 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 (provided on Page 12 of the FFY 2018 NSGP NOFO); 

    • 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.

2.    Mission statement - Each subapplicant must include its Mission Statement and any mission implementing policies or practices that may elevate the organization’s risk. Recognizing the impact an organization’s ideology, beliefs, or mission may have on their risk of potential terrorist threats, SAA’s will use the Mission Statement along with information provided in the applicant’s IJ in order to validate the organization type. The central purpose of the organization described in the Mission Statement will be used to validate the organization type identified in the IJ as one of the following: 1) Ideology-based/Spiritual/Religious; 2) Educational; 3) Medical; or 4) Other. The organization type is a factor when calculating the final score of the application.

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

4. County Emergency Management contact name (for proof of coordination with local emergency response). May be included in application section "II. Background – Describe any previous or existing role in responding to or recovering from terrorist attacks."


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 June 6, 2018, 11:59pm.

 Subapplicants must use the following naming convention of their application/Investment Justification:

“NSGP_S_<PA>_<Nonprofit Name>” for NSGP-S

“NSGP_UA_<PA>_<Nonprofit Name>” for NSGP-UA



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.