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Applying for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program

To Prospective FY 2023 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) Applicants:

On February 27, 2023, FEMA released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the FY2023 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP).  This grant provides $305,000,000 in funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements and activities to eligible nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack and other extremist attacks.

The 2023 NSGP has two components:  1) $152.5 Million for eligible nonprofit entities that are within designated major urban areas (NSGP-UA); 2) $152.5 Million for eligible nonprofit entities that are not within those designated major urban areas, through a state-level application (NSGP-S). 

The District of Columbia and the surrounding National Capital Region urban area is only eligible to apply for the urban area NSGP program (NSGP-UA).

The following information and instructions are for nonprofit applicants that are within the National Capital Region urban area (NCR), which includes the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland, and Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties and the City of Alexandria in Virginia. Any nonprofit applicants in Maryland and Virginia that are not within the boundaries of the NCR must submit their applications to the Maryland Department of Emergency Management or Virginia Department of Emergency Management, respectively

Below are instructions for applications for FY2023 NSGP for the National Capital Region urban area:

  • Applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to be eligible.

  • Applicants must be located within the National Capital Region

  • The maximum amount for an individual application is $150,000. An applicant with multiple locations may submit up to three (3) separate applications for different locations in total, for a maximum of $450,000 per organization.

  • Applicants must only request funding for equipment/activities that are consistent with the allowable costs guidance listed on pp. 21-25 of the NSGP NOFO and in greater detail on pages C-1 to C-7 of the FY2023 FEMA Preparedness Grants Manual.

  • Applicants must submit their applications no later than Friday, April 21, 2023 at 11:59.59 PM EDT to the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (DC HSEMA), which is the State Administrative Agent (SAA) for this grant. 

Applicants must submit the following three (3) documents to the SAA for a complete application (see pg. 20 of the NOFO)

  1. A completed FY2023 NSGP Investment Justification template 
  2.  A “mission statement” which explains the nature of the applicant organization’s purpose and mission.  This will primarily be used to validate the organization’s type identified in the IJ as either: 1) Ideology-based/spiritual/religious; 2) Educational; 3) Medical; or 4) Other
  3.  A copy of the vulnerability/risk assessment on which the request in the application is based.

Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)

As of April 4, 2022, the federal government has stopped using the DUNS number to identify applicants and recipients of federal funding.  Now, entities doing business with the federal government use the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) created in  For FY2023 NSGP applicants, if you have a UEI, enter it in the FY2023 application template where it is indicated.  If you do not yet have a UEI you may leave that field in the application template blank, and your application will be accepted.  However, continue your efforts to get a UEI, as DC HSEMA must have a UEI for all successful applicants in order to issue sub-grants in the coming months.  Please refer to the UEI instructions in the Preparedness Grants Manual and the FY2023 NSGP NOFO.

Nonprofit applicants must use the following naming convention for the files submitted to the SAA:

  • The Investment Justification file name should follow this format: “FY2023_NSGP_UA_DC_NCR_<Nonprofit Name>”;  As an example, an application from an organization named ABC School would name their Investment Justification file “FY2023_NSGP_UA_DC_NCR_ABC School”.

  • The Mission Statement file name should be:  “<nonprofit name> Mission Statement”

  • The Vulnerability Assessment file name should be: “<nonprofit name> Vulnerability Assessment”

The scoring criteria for the applications is included in the attached Scoring Matrix – applicants should review the scoring criteria to understand how your applications will be scored by the DC SAA and the FEMA reviewers.

DC HSEMA will conduct an initial review and scoring of the applications received and will submit a combined application to FEMA on behalf of the National Capital Region urban area that includes all eligible applications. FEMA will make the final selection of award recipients, announce the result later in the summer of 2023 and issue the grant award to DC HSEMA no later than September 30, 2023.  Once DC HSEMA has received the federal grant award and the list of selected recipients, DC HSEMA will issue subawards to those selected recipients in the fall of 2023.

FEMA is offering a number of informational webinars for FY2023 NSGP applicants in the coming weeks – we encourage you to join one of these webinars to get additional information about the program and the application process.  See pg. 44 of the FY23 NSGP NOFO for dates and times and use the link to register to attend one of these webinars.  Each webinar should cover the same material so there is no need to participate in more than one.

This information and other relevant NSGP information will be available on the DC HSEMA website ( Please let me know if you have any questions.

FY 2023 Application Documents

Note: please use Firefox browser to open FY 2023 Invest Justification Fillable pdf.