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Nonprofit Security Grant Program

*The 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) was expanded to include all counties within Pennsylvania. Once the 2019 NOFO is released, the below information will be updated for the 2019 application period.

Register Now for an Application Workshop

Workshops are now available to help applicants prepare their 2019 Nonprofit Security Grant Program applications.

In-person workshops will be held in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Harrisburg, as well as web-based workshop sessions.

Register now for a workshop.

About the NSGP Program

NSGP is a federal program administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA). 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.

For more information on the NSGP, watch the updated video below:


Program Basics

  • Period of Performance: 36 months
  • Projected Period of Performance Start Date(s): September 1, 2019
  • Projected Period of Performance End Date(s): August 31, 2022
  • No Cost-Share Requirement


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

  • 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 Commonwealth 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
  • Integration of non-profit preparedness with broader state and local preparedness efforts
      • Contact with local county Emergency Management Coordinator
  • Obtained a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. Instructions for registration can be found at Dun and 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 four weeks or more after the initial submission.

IMPORTANT ALERT: Registration Process Changes in

Beginning on April 27, 2018, all entities renewing or updating their SAM registration 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 SAM instructions.

Application Process

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

All eligible nonprofit organizations MUST apply through PEMA, Pennsylvania’s State Administrative Agency (SAA) for the NSGP. The federal government accepts applications only from the SAA.

For Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2018, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has allocated NSGP funding to eligible nonprofit organizations physically located outside of the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) regions.

Eligible nonprofits organizations 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 organization 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

County Designations Document (PDF)

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

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

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

Investment Justification

Investment Justification Document (Excel)

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 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 to determine the organization type.  Nonprofit organization:

  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 IJ is based.

Free security assessments are provided by the Pennsylvania State Police Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Team (RVAT).

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

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.

Allowable Costs

See Appendix C – Funding Guidelines in the NOFO (PDF)

Get Ready to Apply Checklist

Get Ready to Apply Checklist (PDF):

  • Confirm eligibility.
  • Register for Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number on
  • Register, update, or verify that the organization’s registration is current at
  • Have a vulnerability assessment completed for the organization’s physical location
  • Contact your local Emergency Management Coordinator (PDF) for your organization’s role in the response/recovery from a terrorist attack
  • Complete your application, and send it to PEMA at along with your mission statement and vulnerability assessment

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

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