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Nonprofit Security Grant Program

2024 Nonprofit Security Grant Program Updates

FEMA has released the 2024 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The deadline for the Oregon Department of Emergency Management (ODEM) is June 24, 2024. To help us all meet that deadline, ODEM is announcing the following program updates and deadlines.

  1. Registration Deadline: 10pm Wednesday May 1, 2024; visit to register.
  2. Application Deadline:  10pm Friday May 31, 2024; through ODEM’s FTP site. Information will be provided to those who register by the deadline.
  3. All application documents will be provided to those who register and are eligible to apply.
  4. ODEM will provide training sessions to help with the application process. Dates are to be determined but will be announced in early May.

Required documents that will be needed to apply:

  • Your Organizations Mission Statement on official letter head
  • Your unique entity identification number (UE-ID)
  • FEMA investment Justification Form (application form)
  • Risk Assessment Summary letter, to justify your project

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For program questions contact:

Kevin Jeffries, Grant Coordinator
Oregon Department of Emergency Management

Carin Sherman, Grant Specialist
Oregon Department of Emergency Management

Program Overview

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) is one of three grant programs that 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 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to help strengthen the nation's communities against potential terrorist attacks. NSGP supports the goal to Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience (DHS/FEMA, (2021).

The NSGP also supports the goals of 'Building a Culture of Preparedness' and 'Readying the Nation for Catastrophic Disasters.' We invite our stakeholders and partners to also adopt these priorities and join us in building a more prepared and resilient state and nation.

In Oregon, the NSGP is implemented in two ways:

  1. Nonprofit Security Grant Program - Urban Area (NSGP-UA): NSGP-UA funds nonprofit organizations located within Oregon's Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)-designated Urban Areas
  2. Nonprofit Security Grant Program - State (NSGP-S): Under NSGP-S, each state will receive a target allocation for nonprofit organizations located outside Oregon's UASI-designated Urban Areas

The NSGP provides 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.

Given the evolving threat landscape, DHS/FEMA continuously evaluates the national risk profile and sets priorities that help ensure the appropriate allocation of scarce security dollars. In assessing the national risk profile, one area attracts the most concern: Enhancing the protection of soft targets/crowded places.

Likewise, several enduring security needs 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
  3. Exercises

Eligible nonprofit organizations are those organizations described under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, Title 26 of the U.S.C., and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code.

Refer to the links below for additional information:

Allowable costs are focused on security-related activities. Funding can be used for security-related planning; exercises; training; contracted security personnel; and the acquisition and installation of security equipment on real property (including buildings and improvements) owned or leased by the nonprofit organization at the time of application. Equipment is limited to two sections of items on the Authorized Equipment List (AEL): Physical Security Enhancement Equipment (Section 14) and Inspection and Screening Systems (Section 15). To review these sections, please visit the FEMA website.

Certain costs for training of nonprofit staff and members/congregants are also permitted. Allowable training topics are limited to the protection of critical infrastructure and key resources, including physical and cybersecurity, target hardening, and terrorism awareness/employee preparedness. Training conducted using NSGP funds must address a specific threat or vulnerability, as identified in the nonprofit organization's investment justification (IJ) in the application process.​​

Nonprofit organizations must apply through ODEM.

For NSGP-UA and NSGP-S, consistent with prior years, each nonprofit organization may only represent one site/location/physical address per application. For example, a nonprofit organization with one site may apply for up to $150,000 for that site.​

Nonprofit organizations with multiple sites/locations/physical addresses may choose to apply for additional sites for up to $150,000 per site, for a maximum of three sites per funding stream, not to exceed $450,000 total per state. That is, a nonprofit organization with sites in both NSGP-S and NSGP-UA areas in a given state may apply for a total of up to six sites, but the total of their applications cannot exceed $450,000. A nonprofit organization subapplicant may not exceed a total of six applications (three for NSGP-S and three for NSGP-UA) for a total of $450,000 per state. A nonprofit organization with locations in multiple states may apply for up to three sites within each state and funding stream (three for NSGP-S and three for NSGP-UA per state). All other nonprofit organizations outside of these Urban Areas apply to the NSGP-S program.

If a nonprofit subapplicant applies for projects at multiple sites, regardless of whether the projects are similar in nature, each individual site must include an assessment of the vulnerability and risk unique to each site. That is, one vulnerability assessment per location/physical address. Failure to do so may be cause for rejection of the application.