Non-profit Security Grant Program (NSGP)

The NSGP provides funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements for nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack. NSGP seeks to integrate the preparedness activities of non-profit organizations with broader state and local preparedness efforts. There are two funding sources appropriated for non-profit organizations:

Non-Profit Security Grant Program - State (NSGP-S): Under NSGP-S, each state will receive a target allocation for non-profit organizations located outside of Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) designated urban areas.
Non-Profit Security Grant Program - Urban Area (NSGP-UA): Under NSGP-UA, each state will receive a target allocation for non-profit organizations located within UASI designated urban areas.
Both the NSGP-S and NSGP-UA funds must be used for target-hardening activities, which can be accomplished through the purchase or installation of security equipment on real property (including buildings and improvements) owned or leased by the non-profit organization. Security enhancements must be for the locations that the non-profit occupies at the time of the application, and the projects must be fully completed during the three-year performance period.

  1. Eligibility Information

    The State Administrative Agency (SAA) is the only entity eligible to apply for NSGP funds on behalf of eligible non-profit organizations. Non-profit organizations must apply for NSGP through their SAA. A list of SAA points of contact is available at: http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/28689?id=6363 . Non-profit organizations may not apply directly to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA) for FY 2021 NSGP funds.

    Eligible non-profit organizations are those organizations that are:

    1. Described under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (IRC) and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such code. Note: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does not require certain organizations such as churches, mosques, and synagogues to apply for and receive a recognition of exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the IRC. Such organizations are automatically exempt if they meet the requirements of section 501(c)(3). These organizations are not required to provide recognition of exemption. For organizations that the IRS requires to apply for and receive a recognition of exemption under 501(c)(3), the state may or may not require recognition of exemption, as long as the method chosen is applied consistently.

    2. Determined to be at high risk of a terrorist attack by the Secretary of DHS. 
      Cost share or cost match is not required under this program. 

  2. Application and Submission Information

    The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), Illinois Terrorism Task Force, receives an announcement from the Grants Program Directorate/Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, of a grant opportunity for non-profit organizations in one of the UASI-eligible urban areas (UA), including the Chicago Urban Area of Cook, and a separate grant program for non-profits outside of Cook County (S). The Non-profit Security Grant Program (NSGP) will provide an amount to be determined nationally to eligible 501© (3) organizations who are deemed at high-risk of a potential terrorist attack.

    (Note: The IRS doesn’t require certain organizations such as churches, mosques, and synagogues to apply for and receive recognition under 501© (3). Such organizations are automatically exempt if they meet the requirements of 501 © (3).)

    Grants of up to $100,000.00 will be awarded to eligible non-profit organizations through their State Administrative Agency (SAA) according to criteria that include:

    • Identification and substantiation (e.g., police reports or insurance claims) of prior threats or attacks against the non-profit organization or closely related organizations (within or outside the United States) by a terrorist organization, network, or cell based on the applicant’s ideology, beliefs, or mission;

    • Role of applicant non-profit organization in responding to or recovering from a terrorist attack;

    • Symbolic value of a site(s) as a highly recognized national or historical institution that renders the site a possible target of terrorism;

    • Findings from previously conducted threat and/or vulnerability assessments;

    • Complete, feasible Investment Justifications that address an identified risk, including threat and vulnerability, and that build or sustain a core capability identified in the goal;

    • History of prior year funding under NSGP; and

    • Subject matter expertise to determine feasibility of proposed projects

    IEMA, as the State Administrative Agency, will issue these competitive grants to applicants that are approved by the Grants Program Directorate/FEMA. The period of performance is 36 months.

    The NSGP funds must be used for target-hardening activities, which can be accomplished through the purchase or installation of security equipment on real property (including buildings and improvements) owned or leased by the non-profit organization. Allowable equipment is limited to two categories of select items on the Authorized Equipment List (AEL): 1) Physical Security Enhancement Equipment (Category 14), e.g., alarm systems, reinforced security doors, barriers/fences and 2) Inspection and Screening Systems (Category 15), e.g., walk-through magnetometers or conveyor-belt x-ray systems to screen personnel and packages.

    A completed grant application package must include the following six items:

    • Investment Justification Application

    • Vulnerability/Risk Assessment (any format deemed appropriate by applicant)

    • Mission Statement (any format deemed appropriate by applicant)

    • Attachment A1: Grantee Contact Information

    • IRS Form W-9 or, if not a 501c(3), completed Tax Exempt Organization Statement

    • Approved AEL Numbers

  3. Application Review Information

    Prior to making a federal award, the federal awarding agency is required by 31 U.S.C. § 3321 and 41 U.S.C. § 2313 to review information available through any OMB-designated repositories of government-wide eligibility qualification or financial integrity information. Therefore, application evaluation criteria may include the following risk based considerations of the applicant: 1) financial stability; 2) quality of management systems and ability to meet management standards; 3) history of performance in managing federal award; 4) reports and findings from audits; and 5) ability to effectively implement statutory, regulatory, or other requirements.
     
    FY 2021 NSGP applications are to be submitted by non-profit organizations to their respective SAA and the UAWG. NSGP applications will be reviewed through a two-phased state and federal review process for completeness, adherence to programmatic guidelines, feasibility, and how well the IJ (project description and justification) addresses the identified risk.

    Criteria 

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    GP evaluation criteria:


    • For NSGP-UA, state and federal verification that the non-profit organization is located within one of the FY 2021 UASI-designated Urban Areas

    • For NSGP-S, state and federal verification that the non-profit organization is located outside of UASI designated urban areas

    • Identification and substantiation of current or persistent 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

    • Role of the applicant non-profit organization in responding to or recovering from terrorist attacks

    • Findings from previously conducted threat and/or vulnerability assessments

    • Integration of non-profit preparedness with broader state and local preparedness efforts

    • Complete, feasible IJ that addresses an identified risk, including the assessed threat, vulnerability, and consequence of the risk, and proposes building or sustaining a core capability identified in the Goal

  4. Award Administration Information

    Once FEMA has determined the non-profit organizations who will receive funding through the Non-Profit Security Grant Program (NSGP), the State Administrative Agency (SAA) is notified. The SAA enters into grant agreements with the non-profit organizations selected for funding by FEMA in order to complete the approved projects.

  5. State Awarding Agency Contact

    For more information on the Non-Profit Security Grant Program, please contact Tammy Porter at Illinois Emergency Management Agency, 2200 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62703, Phone (217) 557-4831, Fax (217) 558-1335, Tammy.D.Porter@illinois.gov