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Nonprofit Security Grant Program

2023 Nonprofit Security Grant Program Updates
OEM is now accepting registration from non-profits that intend to apply for the FY23 Non-profit Security Grant Program (NSGP).

Online Registration Form:

There are two key steps you must complete to apply for FY23 NSGP.
  1. Register to apply with OEM by March 1.
  2. Complete your application and submit it to OEM by April 1.
OEM will provide application instructions and forms in early March to those registered. For planning purposes, you can reference the FY22 application documents. FEMA will be using similar forms in FY23.
FY22 NSGP Investment Justification

*To see the contents of the FY22 NSGP Investment Justification linked above, download the document directly to your computer and use the PDF Viewer software installed on your system (e.g., Adobe Acrobat Reader) to open it. 


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For program questions contact:
Kevin Jeffries, Grant Coordinator
Oregon Department of Emergency Management

Nicole Hanson, Accountant
Oregon Department of Emergency Management
Office: 503-378-3849


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). 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 NSGP Notice of Funding Opportunity)

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 NSGP Notice of Funding Opportunity)

According to the FY21 NSGP NOFO, 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
See the FY21 Notice of Funding Opportunity document for more information.


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.

Allowable Use

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.​

2021 Applications

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.

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

More Resources

FEMA explains EHP screening (video)