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FY 2021 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)

This opportunity is maintained by Preparedness
Type: Preparedness

Eligible Entities: Non-Profits

Originally Posted: July 28, 2021

Applications Close: April 23, 2021

Description

On February 25, 2021, FEMA released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the FY 2021 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). This grant provides $1,800,000 in funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements and activities to eligible nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack in Virginia.

Application Announcement
Applications will only be accepted online through the designated area application portal.

  • Key Dates
    Application Period: Open
  • Closes on Friday, April 23, 2021
  • Projected period of performance (POP) is October 1, 2021– June 30, 2023

FY 2021 NSGP Overview
FY 2021 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) is one of three grant programs that constitute DHS/FEMA’s 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.

The objective of the FY 2021 NSGP is to provide 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.

Application Instructions

General Application Instructions and National Priority Information
The FY 2021 NSGP has two components: 1) $90 Million for eligible nonprofit entities that are within designated urban areas (NSGP-UA); 2) $90 Million for eligible nonprofit entities that are not within designated urban areas (NSGP-S).

Application Instructions for FY 2021 NSGP
Applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to be eligible.

The maximum amount for an individual application is $150,000.

Applicants must only request funding for equipment/activities that are consistent with the allowable costs guidance listed on pp. 20-21 of the NSGP NOFO and in greater detail on pages C-1 to C-7 of the FY 2021 FEMA Preparedness Grants Manual.

Applicants must submit their applications no later than Friday, April 23, 2021 at 11:59:59 PM EDT to the appropriate SAA.

Applicants must submit the following three (3) documents to the appropriate regional SAA for a complete application.

  1. A completed FY 2021 NSGP Investment Justification template (FY_2021_NSGP_Investment Justification)
  2. A “mission statement” described on pg. 17 of the NOFO, which explains the nature of the applicant organization’s purpose and mission. This will primarily be used to validate the organization’s type identified in the IJ as either: 1) Ideology-based/spiritual/religious; 2) Educational; 3) Medical; or 4) Other.
  3. A copy of the vulnerability/risk assessment on which the request in the application is based (see pg. 16 of the NOFO).

Please refer to instructions in the application portal on how to save the Investment Justification template (Excel file) correctly listed on the “Introduction” worksheet.

  • Application template must be saved in Microsoft Excel 97-2003 format.
  • Applicants must include the organization’s Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS) in the application template where requested.
  • Applicants that do not have a DUNS number may get one by calling (866.705.5711).
  • Applicants do not have to register with Grants.gov, because the designated SAA is the sole applicant on behalf of the region.

The scoring criteria for the applications are included on pp. 22-27 of the NOFO. An example of the scoring worksheet is attached to this posting.

Information on FY 2021 National and State Priorities
DHS/FEMA continuously evaluates the national risk profile and establishes national priorities to ensure appropriate allocation of scarce security dollars to meet the highest priorities in the current highly dynamic environment. In assessing the national risk profile for FY 2021, the enhancement and protection of soft targets/crowded places is determined to be a national priority.

Likewise, there are several enduring security needs that crosscut the homeland security enterprise. The following are enduring needs that address a grant recipient’s ability to implement a comprehensive approach to securing communities:

  • Effective planning;
  • Training and awareness campaigns;
  • Exercise
  • Please see the NOFO for the detail and breakdown of these priority areas for the FY 2021 NSGP, showing both the core capabilities enhanced and lifelines supported, as well as examples of eligible project types for each area. A detailed description of allowable investments for each project type is included in the Preparedness Grants Manual.

Applicants in the Hampton Roads Designated Urban Area
The following information and instructions are for nonprofit applicants located within the Hampton Roads Urban Area: City of Chesapeake, City of Franklin, Gloucester County, City of Hampton, Isle of Wight County, James City County, City of Newport News, City of Norfolk, City of Poquoson, City of Portsmouth, Southampton County, City of Suffolk, Surry County, City of Virginia Beach, City of Williamsburg, and York County.

Applicants must submit their applications no later than Friday, April 23, 2021, at 11:59:59 PM EDT to the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC). After review by the Urban Area Working Group, projects will be submitted to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the State Administrative Agent (SAA).

Submit all applications through the 2021 Hampton Roads Nonprofit Security Grant Program. HRPDC grant information can be found here. Your point of contact is John Sadler at jsadler@hrpdcva.gov.

Applications must use the following file naming convention: “FY2021_NSGP_UA_ VA_HR_”

Applicants in the National Capital Region Designated Urban Area
The following information and instructions are for nonprofit applicants located within The National Capital Region Urban Area (NCR) which includes Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties and the City of Alexandria in Virginia.

Applicants must submit their applications no later than Friday, April 23, 2021, at 11:59:59 PM EDT to the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (DC HSEMA), which is the State Administrative Agent (SAA) for this grant in this region.

Submit applications by email to ncr.saa@dc.gov and Cembrye.ross@dc.gov. Do not submit to FEMA or Grants.gov. Capital Region NSGP grant information can be found here at the DC HSEMA website.

Applications must use the following file naming convention: “FY2021_NSGP_UA_ DC_NCR_”

Virginia Applicants in Areas Other Than Designated Urban Areas
Any nonprofit applicant in Virginia that is not located within either the Hampton Roads or The National Capital Region designated urban areas submit will their applications to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. (VDEM).

Applicants must submit their applications no later than Friday, April 23, 2021 at 11:59:59 PM EDT to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, which is the State Administrative Agent (SAA) for this grant for all areas other than designated urban areas.

Submit applications through the VDEM application portal 2021 Nonprofit Security Grant Program Application Portal

Applications must use the following file naming convention: “FY2021_NSGP_S_VDEM_”

VDEM will conduct an initial review and scoring of the applications received, and will submit a combined application to FEMA by May 14, 2021 on behalf of Virginia non-urban and Hampton Roads urban area that includes all of the eligible applications. FEMA will make the final selection of award recipients and will announce the result by July, and will issue the grant award to the SAA no later than September 30, 2021 Awards to non-profits will occur within 45 days of the FEMA award.

Do not submit to FEMA or Grants.gov—the SAA will do that on behalf of the region.

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