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Nonprofit Security Grant Program

The application period for the FY2019 Nonprofit Security Grant Program CLOSED on May 6, 2019.

All awardees will be notified by PEMA upon FEMA’s final award determinations. PEMA expects FEMA’s determinations to be passed through by early September 2019.

Application Workshops

The fiscal year (FY) 2019 NSGP Application Workshops have been held. In-person workshops were held in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Harrisburg, as well as web-based workshop sessions.

We will be scheduling FY 2020 workshops for the winter of 2020. Please stay tuned here and at TrainPA for future dates, times, and locations.

About NSGP

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.

NSGP Overview Video

For more information on NSGP, watch the video below.

*Video Correction for 2019

The 2019 NSGP eligibilty requirements (at 2:27 in the video below) should read: "Initiate registration in System for Award Management (SAM) at"


NSGP 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

NSGP Eligibility

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 nonprofit preparedness with broader state and local preparedness efforts.
  • 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.
  • Initiate registration in the System for Award Management (SAM). An initial registration in SAM is required at the time of grant application. The SAM registration must be completed by September 30 for all awardees.
      • The applicant registration in SAM is not a FEMA requirement.