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Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)

Grants to USA Agencies for Activities to
Protect Nonprofits Against Terrorism

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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05/14/21 5:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to USA and Territories agencies for activities to protect nonprofit organizations across the country from the threat of terrorism. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support the provision of equipment, training, and other activities that enhance the ability of state governments to assist high-risk nonprofits in the prevention of, response to, and recovery from terrorist attacks.

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) is one of three grant programs that constitute DHS/FEMA’s focus on enhancing the ability of state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as nonprofits, to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks. These grant programs are part of a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by DHS to help strengthen the nation’s communities against potential terrorist attacks. Among the five basic homeland security missions noted in the DHS Strategic Plan, NSGP supports the goal to Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience.

The objective of the FY 2021 NSGP is to provide funding for physical security enhancements and other security-related activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack. The NSGP also seeks to integrate the preparedness activities of nonprofit organizations with broader state and local preparedness efforts.

In FY 2021, there are two funding sources appropriated for nonprofit organizations:

  1. NSGP - Urban Area (NSGP-UA): NSGP-UA funds nonprofit organizations located within FY 2021 Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)-designated urban areas; and
  2. NSGP - State (NSGP-S): Under NSGP-S, each state will receive a target allocation for nonprofit organizations located outside of FY 2021 UASI-designated urban areas.

Finally, for FY 2021, DHS is focused on the criticality of information sharing and collaboration to building a national culture of preparedness and protecting against terrorism and other emerging threats to our national security.

Given the evolving threat landscape, it is incumbent upon DHS/FEMA to continuously evaluate the national risk profile and set priorities that help ensure appropriate allocation of scarce security dollars. In assessing the national risk profile for FY 2021, one area attracts the most concern:

  1. Enhancing the protection of soft targets/crowded places.

Likewise, there are several enduring security needs that crosscut the homeland security enterprise. The following are second-tier priorities that help recipients implement a comprehensive approach to securing communities:

  1. Effective planning;
  2. Training and awareness campaigns; and
  3. Exercises.

For further details on funding priorities, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 188317

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- For NSGP-UA, each nonprofit organization applies through the State Administrative Agency (SAA) for up to $150,000 per site, for up to three sites.
- For NSGP-S, each nonprofit organization applies through the State Administrative Agency (SAA) for up to $150,000 per site, for up to three sites.

Total Program Funding: In FY 2021, the total amount of funds under this grant program is $180 million, of which $90 million is for NSGP-UA and $90 million is for NSGP-S.

Term of Contract:

Period of performance is 36 months, as follows:
- Projected Period of Performance Start Date(s): October 1, 2021
- Projected Period of Performance End Date(s): September 30, 2024

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants: State governments. Nonprofit organizations must apply for FY 2021 NSGP through their

A list of SAA points of contact is available at:

Nonprofit organizations may not apply directly to DHS/FEMA for FY 2021 NSGP funds. SAAs, in coordination with the Urban Area Working Groups (UAWG) or other relevant state partners, are encouraged to notify and actively inform eligible nonprofit organizations of the availability of FY 2021 NSGP funding.

Eligible nonprofit 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.
2. Able to demonstrate, through the application, that the organization is at high risk of a terrorist attack; and
3. For NSGP-UA, located within an FY 2021 UASI-designated urban area; or for NSGP-S, located outside of an FY 2021 UASI-designated urban area.

Eligible nonprofits located within FY 2021 UASI-designated urban areas may apply to the SAA to receive funding only under NSGP-UA. Eligible nonprofit organizations located outside of FY 2021 UASI-designated urban areas may apply to the SAA to receive funding only under NSGP-S. DHS/FEMA will verify that nonprofits have applied to the correct program and may disqualify the applications of nonprofits that apply to the wrong program.

Funding Restrictions:

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates and Times:
a. Application Start Date: February 25, 2021
b. Application Submission Deadline: May 14, 2021 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
- Nonprofit organizations must contact the SAA for the state/territory deadline. Nonprofit applications are due to the SAA before the application submission deadline for the SAA. SAAs establish all requirements and deadlines to manage their nonprofit subapplication process in support of their submissions to DHS/FEMA. Deadlines and SAA requirements may vary from state/territory to state/territory. The SAA application deadline to apply to FEMA is May 14, 2021 at 5 p.m. ET.
c. Anticipated Funding Selection Date: No later than July 16, 2021
d. Anticipated Award Date: No later than September 30, 2021

Other Key Dates (suggested deadline for completion):
- Obtaining DUNS Number: Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Obtaining a valid EIN: Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Creating an account with Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Registering in SAM or Updating SAM registration: Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Registering in Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Starting application in One week before actual submission deadline
- Submitting the final application in ND Grants: By the submission deadline

Initial applications are processed through the portal. Final applications are completed and submitted through FEMA’s ND Grants System.

If you are going to apply for this funding opportunity and have not obtained an Employer Identification Number (EIN), a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, are not currently registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), or your SAM registration is not active, please take immediate action to obtain an EIN and
DUNS Number, if applicable, and then register immediately in SAM or, if applicable, renew your SAM registration. It may take four weeks or more after you submit your SAM registration before your registration is active in SAM then an additional 24 hours for to recognize your information.


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

FEMA has assigned state-specific Preparedness Officers for the NSGP. If you do not know your Preparedness Officer, please contact CSID by phone at (800) 368-6498 or by email at, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET.

For technical assistance with, call the customer support hotline 24 hours per day, 7 days per week (except federal holidays) at (800) 518-4726 or e-mail at

For technical assistance with the ND Grants system, please contact the ND Grants Helpdesk at or (800) 865-4076, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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