IEMA Announces Notice of Funding Opportunity for Non-Profits to Improve Site Security

SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) has been notified of two grant opportunities to help non-profit organizations fund site security projects.  The Urban Area Nonprofit Security Grant Program is a nationally competitive grant program that is submitted through IEMA, and funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Urban Area Nonprofit Security Grant Program will provide a total of $90,000,000 nationally to eligible 501c (3) organizations who are deemed at high-risk of a potential terrorist attack. IEMA will issue grants, up to $150,000, to applicants that are approved by FEMA. 

These 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 nonprofit occupies at the time of the application, and the projects must be fully completed during the three-year performance period.  

“This program is core to our mission of enhancing the state’s ability to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from attacks, hazards and disasters.  Strengthening our homeland begins at home, and we must remain vigilant.  This grant opportunity can provide the necessary to help our communities prevent terrorism and other catastrophic events.” 

To learn more about this funding opportunity, eligible applicants should visit the IEMA website and download the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and Fact Sheet.  Additional information about the grant programs are located on the Federal Emergency Management Agency website.