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Nonprofit Security Grant Program

The FY2021 Nonprofit Security Grant Program is accepting applications through 11:59 p.m. (PDT) on April 18, 2021.

Application Process

Submit all required documents to OEM by 11:59 p.m. (PDT) on April 18, 2021. You can send them via email to or to the OEM mailing address:

Kevin Jeffries
P.O. Box 14370
Salem, OR 97309-5062

Applications must be received prior to the deadline.

Required Application Documents
NSGP Investment Justification
Cover Sheet
Project Budget (Found in NSGP Investment Justification)
Approved Equipment List (Resource for completing budget)
Mission Statement (On organizational letterhead)
Vulnerability-Risk Assessment: Assessments produced by a security professional, CISA, or a self-assessment are acceptable.
               Examples of self-assessment tools
                              K-12 Risk Assessment
                              Faith Based Risk Assessment

All complete applications will be reviewed by state grant review committee. The committee's recommendations will be submitted to FEMA, which makes final decisions about which projects are funded.

Program contacts

For program questions:
Kevin Jeffries
Grants Coordinator

For fiscal questions:
Carolyn J. Gresham
Program Accountant

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 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). Nonprofit Security Grant Program [NSGP] Notice of Funding Opportunity [NOFO]).

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. (DHS/FEMA, (2021). Nonprofit Security Grant Program [NSGP] Notice of Funding Opportunity [NOFO])

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. (DHS/FEMA, (2021). Nonprofit Security Grant Program [NSGP] Notice of Funding Opportunity [NOFO])


According to the FY21 NSGP NOFO, given the evolving threat landscape, DHS/FEMA continuously evaluate the national risk profile and set priorities that help ensure 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; and
  3. Exercises.

    See the FY21 Notice of Funding Opportunity document for more information [hyperlink to document] 

    Eligibility [Accordion this info]

    According to the FY21 NSGP NOFO , 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 links below for additional information:

    • requirements-section-501-c-3-organizations     



    Allowable Use [Accordion this info]

    According to the FY21 NSGP NOFO, 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.​

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