Non-Profit Security Program
The FY 2019 NSGP provides funding support for physical security enhancements and other security related activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack. The FY 2019 NSGP seeks to integrate the preparedness activities of nonprofit organizations with broader state and local preparedness efforts. There are two funding sources appropriated for nonprofit organizations: 1) Nonprofit Security Grant Program - Urban Area (NSGP-UA): NSGP-UA funds nonprofit organizations located within 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 of UASI-designated urban areas. Objectives The FY 2019 NSGP objectives are to support efforts that: ? Build and sustain core capabilities ? Strengthen governance integration between private nonprofit entities and Federal, state, and local governments ? Encourage a whole community approach to security and emergency management
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants; B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
In FY 2016, DHS is providing $20,000,000 for target hardening activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack and located within one of the specific UASI-designated urban areas. In FY 2016, DHS provided $20,000,000 for target hardening activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack and located within one of the specific UASI-designated urban areas.Fiscal Year 2017
It is expected that the $25,000,000 funding that was appropriated, will be allocated to support nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack and located within one of the urban areas under the Fiscal year 2017 Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI).Fiscal Year 2019
It is expected that the $60,000,000 funding that was appropriated, will be allocated to support nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack and located within one of the urban areas under the Fiscal year 20187 Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI).
Public Law Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2019 (Pub. L. No. 116-6, title III) and Sections 2003 and 2004 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (Pub. L. No. 107-296, as amended) (6 U.S.C. §§ 604 and 605)-
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
The SAA is the only entity eligible to apply for FY 2019 NSGP funds on behalf of eligible nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit organizations must apply for FY 2019 NSGP through their SAA. A list of SAA points of contact is available at: http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/28689?id=6363. Nonprofit organizations may not apply directly to DHS/FEMA for 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 2019 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. Note: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does not require certain organizations such as churches, mosques, and synagogues to apply for and receive a recognition of exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the IRC. Such organizations are automatically exempt if they meet the requirements of section 501(c)(3). These organizations are not required to provide recognition of exemption. For organizations that the IRS requires to apply for and receive a recognition of exemption under section 501(c)(3), the state may or may not require recognition of exemption, as long as the method chosen is applied consistently. Refer to links below for additional information: o https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/charitable-organizations/exemption-requirements-section-501-c-3-organizations o https://www.irs.gov/publications/p557/ch03.html o https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits 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 a UASI-designated urban area; or for NSGP-S, located outside of a UASI-designated urban area. Eligible nonprofits located within UASI-designated urban areas may apply to the SAA to receive funding only under NSGP-UA. Eligible nonprofit organizations located outside of FY 2019 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.
The FY 2019 NSGP provides funding support for physical security enhancements and other security activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. For more information, refer to the NSGP Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).
FY 2019 NSGP applications are to be submitted by nonprofit organizations to their respective SAA. FY 2019 NSGP applications will be reviewed through a two-phase state and Federal review process for completeness, adherence to programmatic guidelines, feasibility, and how well the IJ (project description and justification) addresses the identified risk(s). For FY 2019 NSGP-S, SAAs will make recommendations to DHS/FEMA based on their target allocation and according to the chart listed in the NSGP-S Process subsection. The following are FY 2019 NSGP evaluation criteria: o For NSGP-UA: State and Federal verification that the nonprofit organization is located within one of the FY 2019 UASI-designated urban areas; and for NSPG-S, verification that the nonprofit is located outside of one of the FY 2019 UASI-designated urban areas for NSGP-S; o Identification and substantiation of current or persistent threats or attacks (from within or outside the United States) by a terrorist organization, network, or cell against the applicant based on their ideology, beliefs, or mission; o Symbolic value of the site(s) as a highly recognized regional and/or national or historical institution(s) that renders the site a possible target of terrorism; o Role of the applicant nonprofit organization in responding to or recovering from terrorist attacks; o Findings from previously conducted threat and/or vulnerability assessments; o Integration of nonprofit preparedness with broader state and local preparedness efforts; o Complete and feasible IJ that addresses an identified risk, including the assessed threat, vulnerability, and consequence of the risk, and proposes building or sustaining a core capability identified in The National Preparedness Goal; and o History of prior funding under NSGP. Not having received prior year NSGP funding is a positive factor when calculating the state score of the application; see Section E. Application Review Information - Review and Selection Process for additional information. Grant projects must be: 1) both feasible and effective at reducing the risks for which the project was designed; and 2) able to be fully completed within the three-year period of performance. DHS/FEMA will use the information provided in the application, as well as any supporting documentation, to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of the grant project. Information that would assist in the feasibility and effectiveness determination includes the following: o Scope of work (purpose and objectives of the project, identification of what is being protected). o Desired outcomes, including expected long-term impact where applicable. o Summary of status of planning and design accomplished to date (e.g., included in a capital improvement plan). o Project schedule. Recipients and subrecipients are expected to conform, as applicable, with accepted engineering practices, established codes, standards, modeling techniques, and best practices.
April 12, 2019 to May 29, 2019 Application Start Date: April 12, 2019 Application Submission Deadline Date: May 29, 2019 at 5:00 PM EDT Anticipated Funding Selection Date: September 1, 2019 Anticipated Award Date: No later than September 30, 2019 Other Key Dates Applying for FY 2019 NSGP funds requires a two-step process. Step 1: initial submission to determine eligibility and Step 2: full application. Applicants are encouraged to initiate Step 1 immediately after the (NOFO) is published but no later than May 29, 2019. This involves submitting a complete Standard Form 424 to grants.gov Successful completion of this step is necessary for FEMA to determine eligibility of the applicant. Late submissions of Step 1 to grants.gov could result in applicants missing the application deadline in Step 2. Once FEMA has determined an applicant to be eligible, applicants can proceed to Step 2 which involves submitting the full application package via the Non Disaster (ND) Grants system. The submission deadline for the full application package is May 29, 2019. For additional details see Application and Submission Section D of the Full NOFO).
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Applying for FY 2019 NSGP Program funds is a multi-step process. To ensure that an application is submitted on time, applicants are advised to start the required steps well in advance of their submission. Failure of an applicant to comply with any of the required steps before the deadline for submitting the application may disqualify the application from funding. The steps for applicants to follow in applying for an award under this program are: 1. Applying for, updating, or verifying their Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number; 2. Applying for, updating, or verifying their Employer Identification Number (EIN); 3. Updating or verifying their System for Award Management (SAM) Registration; 4. Establishing an Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) in Grants.gov; 5. Submitting an initial application in Grants.gov; and 6. Submitting the final application in the Non Disaster Grants (ND Grants) system. Each of the required steps associated with the application process are outlined in Section D. of the full FY 2019 NSGP NOFO).
Refer to the NSGP Notice of Funding Opportunity.
Refer to the NSGP Notice of Funding Opportunity.
How are proposals selected?
Prior to allocation of any Federal preparedness awards in FY 2019, recipients must ensure and maintain adoption and implementation of NIMS. DHS/FEMA describes the specific activities involved in NIMS implementation in the NIMS Implementation Objectives https://www.fema.gov/implementation-guidance-and-reporting. DHS/FEMA developed NIMS Guideline for Credentialing of Personnel to describe national credentialing standards and to provide written guidance regarding the use of those standards. This guideline describes credentialing and typing processes, and identifies tools which Federal Emergency Response Officials (FEROs) and emergency managers at all levels of government may use both routinely and to facilitate multijurisdictional coordinated responses. Although state, local, tribal, and private sector partners, including nongovernmental organizations are not required to credential their personnel in accordance with these guidelines, DHS/FEMA strongly encourages them to do so in order to leverage the federal investment in the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 201 infrastructure and to facilitate interoperability for personnel deployed outside their home jurisdiction. Additional information is available from the NIMS Guideline for the Credentialing of Personnel. Nonprofit subrecipients are not required to maintain adoption and implementation of NIMS. .. Incident management activities require carefully managed resources (personnel, teams, facilities, equipment and/or supplies). Utilization of the standardized resource management concepts such as typing, credentialing, and inventorying promote a strong national mutual aid capability needed to support delivery of core capabilities. Recipients should manage resources purchased or supported with DHS/FEMA grant funding according to NIMS resource management guidance. Additional information on resource management and NIMS resource typing definitions and job titles/position qualifications is available on DHS/FEMA's website under http://www.fema.gov/resource-management-mutual-aid. Nonprofit subrecipients are not required to maintain adoption and implementation of NIMS.
How may assistance be used?
NSGP grant recipients and subrecipients may only use NSGP grant funds for the purpose set forth in the grant award, and must use funding in a way that is consistent with the statutory authority for the award. Grant funds may not be used for matching funds for other Federal grants or cooperative agreements, lobbying, or intervention in Federal regulatory or adjudicatory proceedings. In addition, Federal funds may not be used to sue the Federal Government or any other government entity. Pre-award costs are allowable only with the prior written approval of DHS/FEMA and if they are included in the award agreement. To request pre-award costs a written request must be included with the application, signed by the Authorized Organizational Representative of the entity. The letter must outline what the pre-award costs are for, including a detailed budget break-out of pre-award costs from the post-award costs, and a justification for approval. The following information outlines general allowable and unallowable NSGP costs guidance. In FY 2019, the total amount of funds distributed under this grant program will be $ 60,000,000. Each nonprofit organization must apply through their respective State Administrative Agency (SAA) for up to $150,000 for NSGP-UA or up to $100,000 for NSGP-
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Monitoring. Grant recipients will be monitored periodically by FEMA staff, both programmatically and financially, to ensure that the project goals, objectives, performance requirements, timelines, milestone completion, budgets, and other related program criteria are being met. Monitoring may be accomplished through either a desk-based review or on-site monitoring visits, or both. Monitoring will involve the review and analysis of the financial, programmatic, performance, compliance and administrative processes, policies, activities, and other attributes of each Federal assistance award and will identify areas where technical assistance, corrective actions and other support may be needed.
Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Projected Award Start Date(s): September 1, 2019 Projected Award End Date(s): August 31, 2022 Period of Performance: 36 months The period s of performance outlined above supports the effort to expedite the outlay of grant funding and provide economic stimulus. Agencies should request waivers sparingly, and they will be granted only due to compelling legal, policy, or operational challenges. For example, nonprofits may request waivers from the deadlines outlined above for discretionary grant funds where adjusting the timeline for spending will constitute a verifiable legal breach of contract by the grantee with vendors or sub-recipients, or where a specific statute or regulation mandates an environmental review that cannot be completed within this timeframe or where other exceptional circumstances warrant a discrete waiver. For more information, refer to the FY 2019 NSGP Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Based on program need. Grantees must accept their grant awards no later than 90 days from the award date. The grantee shall notify the awarding agency of its intent to accept and proceed with work under the award, or provide a written notice of intent to decline. Funds will remain on hold until the grantee accepts the award through official correspondence, e.g., written, electronic signature, signed letter or fax to GPD, and all other conditions of award have been satisfied, or the award is otherwise rescinded. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Based on program need. Grantees must accept their grant awards no later than 90 days from the award date. The grantee shall notify the awarding agency of its intent to accept and proceed with work under the award, or provide a written notice of intent to decline. Funds will remain on hold until the grantee accepts the award through official correspondence, e.g., written, electronic signature, signed letter or fax to GPD, and all other conditions of award have been satisfied, or the award is otherwise rescinded. Failure to accept the grant award within the 90 day timeframe may result in a loss of funds.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
500 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20523 US
(Formula Grants) FY 18$60,000,000.00; FY 19 est $60,000,000.00; FY 20 est $60,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
All successful applicants for all DHS grant and cooperative agreements are required to comply with DHS Standard Administrative Terms and Conditions available within Section 6.1.1of http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/cfo-financial-management-policy-manual.pdf. Upon approval of an application, the award will be made in the form of a grant. The date the approval of award is entered in the system is the "award date." Notification of award approval is made through the ND Grants system through an automatic e-mail to the grantee point of contact listed in the initial application. Once an award has been approved and recorded in the system, a notice is sent to the authorized grant official. Follow the directions in the notification to accept your award documents. The authorized grant official should carefully read the award package for instructions on administering the grant and to learn more about the terms and conditions associated with responsibilities under Federal awards. For more information, refer to the FY 2017 NSGP Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).
Examples of Funded Projects