DHS/FEMA Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) Information


The Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) is a unique initiative designed to provide support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements and activities, to include planning and training, to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack.



The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) first proposed Congress support the security needs of the nonprofit sector on December 11, 2001. Beginning in 2003, JFNA – working closely with the Secure Community Network (SCN), as the official safety and security organization of JFNA – launched a major Congressional education campaign. The NSGP was established in 2004. Since then, JFNA has remained the lead advocate and coordinating body in support of the program’s annual appropriations and in providing technical assistance to interested Jewish communal agencies participating in the program. 


Who Is Eligible?

Nonprofit organizations determined to be at high risk of a terrorist attack due to their ideology, beliefs, or mission.


How Much Is Available?

The amount of funding to be appropriated by Congress for Urban Areas and Non-Urban Areas for FY2021 is expected to total $180 million, split evenly between the two.


In FY2020, organizations located in Urban Areas could apply for up to $150,000.00. Organizations in Non-Urban Areas could apply for up to $100,000.00.


What Are Awards Based On?

NSGP funds are historically allocated based on criteria that includes: threat and/or hazard assessments; 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, and; the symbolic value of a site as a highly recognized national or historical institution that renders the location a possible target of terrorism.


What Are Allowable Costs?

Allowable costs are historically focused on target hardening activities, planning, training, and other distinct, identified costs. Funding can be used for the acquisition and installation of security equipment on real property (including buildings and improvements) owned or leased by the nonprofit organization, as well as planning and training (e.g., active threat training) to address threats and/or incidents.


When Will Organizations Be Able to Apply?

The target date for the announcement of the State and Local Preparedness Grant Programs for FY2021 is expected to be in February 2021, dependent upon final approval of funding amounts by Congress. Historically, applications have been released in mid-February.


Shortly after the guidance is released, SCN, JFNA, and its partners will be releasing additional guidance developed specifically for sub-grantees, based on the new DHS guidance.  


For more information about the NSGP, please contact the Secure Community Network at dutydesk@securecommunitynetwork.org