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?

In FY2021, Congress appropriated $180 million for Urban Areas and Non-Urban Areas, split evenly between the two.

In FY2021, organizations were able to apply for up to $150,000.00. In FY2022, Congress appropriated $250 million for Urban Areas and Non-Urban Areas and organizations were able to apply for up to $150,000 per site, for up to three sites, for a maximum of $450,000 per sub-applicant.


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, planning and training (e.g., active threat training) to address threats and/or incidents, as well as hiring security personnel. 


When Will Organizations Be Able to Apply?

The FY2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, was released on May 13, 2022 and submission deadlines were determined by each State Administrative Agency.  We expect awards to be announced in late summer/early fall. 

Please check this website for further updates on the release of the FY2023 NOFO.


For information on obtaining a Unique Entity ID (SAM), please go to www.fsd.gov, and click on the green, "Help on UEI Transition" button.


For more information on the NSGP, sign up here to to be added to an electronic mailing list for NSGP webinars and resource materials.


Please submit any NSGP-related inquiries to Secure Community Network.

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