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Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)

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May 31, 2022

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May 16, 2022

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Federal Fiscal Year 2022 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) Notification.

On May 13, 2022, FEMA released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the FY 2022 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP).  This grant provides $2,550,000 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 on-line through the designated area application portal.

Key Dates

  • Application Period: Open
  • Closes on Tuesday, May 31, 2022
  • Projected period of performance (POP) is October 1, 2022– June 30, 2024

FY 2022 NSGP Overview

FY 2022 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 2022 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.   

General Application Instructions and National Priority Information

The FY 2022 NSGP has two components: 1) $125 Million for eligible nonprofit entities that are within designated urban areas (NSGP-UA); 2) $125 Million for eligible nonprofit entities that are not within designated urban areas (NSGP-S).

Below are Application Instructions for FY 2022 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. 21 of the NSGP NOFO and in greater detail on pages C-1 to C-7 of the FY 2022 FEMA Preparedness Grants Manual.
  • Applicants must submit their applications no later than Tuesday, May 31, 2022 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.
    • A completed FY 2022 NSGP Investment Justification template (FY_2022_NSGP_Investment Justification). If you have any issues opening the document. Please go to your “downloads” folder and you should be able to open it from there.
    • 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.
    • 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 (PDF file) correctly listed on the “Introduction” worksheet.
  • Application template must be saved in PDF format.
  • Applicants must include the organization’s Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) in the application template where requested if available at this time.

Special update from FEMA.  In advance of the release of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Grant Programs Directorate would like to provide the following clarification related to the April 04, 2022, change from the Duns and Bradstreet (DUNS) number to the new Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number. 

It has come to our attention that many first level subapplicants, who are required to obtain a UEI number prior to receiving a federal subaward are experiencing unexpected issues in obtaining a UEI number, including technical difficulties and backlogs in processing at These issues are resulting in longer than anticipated timeframes in obtaining a UEI number. 

However, State Administrative Agency (SAA) should not disallow/disqualify a nonprofit organization’s FY 2022 NSGP subapplications/investment justification solely based on a nonprofit organization not having a UEI number at the time of submission to the SAA. SAAs should proceed as in prior years with processing nonprofit applications/investment justification to include validating eligibly, requested funding source, project/activity allowability, scoring/prioritizing of each submission, and submitting the results of their review as part of their application. 

As long as the SAA has a UEI number and active SAM registration, it will not impact FEMA’s ability to issue the award to the SAA. However, if a nonprofit organization does not have a UEI number by the time the SAA is ready to make the subaward, then the SAA is not permitted to issue the subaward until the nonprofit organization is able to obtain and provide its UEI number per 2 C.F.R. § 25.300 and App. A § I.B. 

For more information about this transition, visit or the Federal Service Desk, You can search for help at FSD any time or request help from an FSD agent Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. 

  • Applicants that do not have a UEI number by visitinggov or the Federal Service Desk,
  • Applicants do not have to register with gov, because the designated SAA is the sole applicant on behalf of the region.

The scoring criteria for the applications are included on pp. 30-34 of the NOFO.

Information on FY 2022 National and State Priorities

DHS/FEMA continuously evaluate 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 2022, the enhancement and protection of soft targets/crowed 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: 

  1. Effective planning;
  2. Training and awareness campaigns;
  3. Exercise

Please see the NOFO for the detail and breakdown of these priority areas for the FY 2022 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 Tuesday, May 31, 2022 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 2022 Hampton Roads Nonprofit Security Grant Program.  HRPDC grant information can be found here.  Your point of contact is John Sadler at 

Applications must use the following file naming convention: “FY2022_NSGP_UA_ VA_HR_<Your Nonprofit Name>” 

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, May 27, 2022, 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 and  Do not submit to FEMA or  Capital Region NSGP grant information can be found here at the DC HSEMA website. 

 Applications must use the following file naming convention: “FY2022_NSGP_UA_ DC_NCR_<Your Nonprofit Name>” 

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 will submit their applications to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM). 

Applicants must submit their applications no later than Tuesday, May 31, 2022 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 2022 Nonprofit Security Grant Program Application Portal 

 Applications must use the following file naming convention: “FY2022_NSGP_S_<State Abbreviation>_<Nonprofit Name>”.

VDEM will conduct an initial review and scoring of the applications received, and will submit a combined application to FEMA by June 13, 2022 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 August, and will issue the grant award to the SAA no later than September 30, 2022 Awards to non-profits will occur within 45 days of the FEMA award.


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

Please feel free to reach out to your VDEM Chief Regional Coordinator and VDEM grants staff if you have questions.  Descriptions of the VDEM Regions and regional staff contacts can be found here.  VDEM regional grant administrator contacts can be found here.  Grants staff questions can be directed to 



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