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Applying for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program

The FY2018 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) application period has closed. Please check back at the end of November for a listing of workshops around the District to educate and empower you about upcoming nonprofit security grant applications.

Below is a summary of the FY2018 NSGP application and award process, and guidance for future NSGP applicants, in the expectation that Congress may appropriate funds for the program in FY2019.

On May 21, 2018, FEMA released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the FY2018 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). This grant provides $60,000,000 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.

Applications for the FY2018 NSGP were due to DC HSEMA by June 15, 2018. DC HSEMA conducted an initial review and scoring of the applications and submitted a combined application to FEMA on June 20, 2018, that included all eligible applications. FEMA announced its selection of FY2018 NSGP recipients in August, and DC HSEMA issued sub-awards to those selected nonprofit applicants on October 22, 2018. 

Below are the instructions and application materials for the FY2018 NSGP grant. This information will be useful for future NSGP applicants who wish to review the details of the program to prepare to submit an application in future funding years. 

FY2018 NSGP Instructions:

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 Emergency Management Agency or Virginia Department of Emergency Management respectively.

  • 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.
  • Applicants must only request funding for equipment/activities that are consistent with the allowable costs guidance listed on pp. 38-41 of the NOFO.
  • Applicants must submit their applications by the due date set by the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (DC HSEMA), which is the State Administrative Agent (SAA) for this grant.
    • Applicants must use the FY2018 NSGP Investment Justification template
    • Application template must be saved in Microsoft Excel 97-2003 format.
    • Applications must use the following file naming convention: “NSGP_UA_ DC_<Your Nonprofit Name>”
    • Submit applications by email to [email protected] and [email protected].
      • Do not submit to FEMA or grants.gov—DC HSEMA will do that on behalf of the region.
  • Applicants must include the organization’s Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS) in the application template where requested.
    • Applicants that do not have a DUNS number may get one by calling (866.705.5711).
    • Applicants do not have to register with grants.gov, since DC HSEMA is the sole applicant on behalf of the region.
  • Applicants must also provide a “mission statement” described on pg. 12 of the NOFO, 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.
  • Applicants must also provide the vulnerability/risk assessment on which the request in the application is based (see pg. 12 of the NOFO).
  • The scoring criteria for the applications are included on pp. 42–49 of the NOFO.
  • Instructions on how to save the Excel application template correctly are listed on the “Introduction” worksheet—please follow these instructions carefully.

FY 2018 Application Documents

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