On February 14, 2020, FEMA released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the FY 2020 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). This grant provides $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.
National and State Priorities
Given the evolving threat landscape, it is incumbent upon DHS/FEMA to continuously evaluate the national risk profile and set priorities that help ensure appropriate allocation of scarce security dollars. In assessing the national risk profile for FY 2020, one priority area attracts the most concern.
Enhancing the protection of soft targets/crowded places (including election security)
Likewise, there are several enduring security needs that crosscut the homeland security enterprise. The following are enduring needs that help recipient’s implement a comprehensive approach to securing communities:
- Effective planning;
- Training and awareness campaigns;
The 2020 NSGP has two components: 1) $50 Million for eligible nonprofit entities that are within designated urban areas (NSGP-UA); 2) $40 Million for eligible nonprofit entities that are not within designated urban areas (NSGP-S).
Hampton Roads Designated Urban Area
The following information and instructions are for nonprofit applicants that are 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, March 27, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM 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 2020 Hampton Roads Nonproft Security Grant Program – APPLICATION PORTAL. Your point of contact is John Sadler at email@example.com
Applications must use the following file naming convention: “FY2020_NSGP_UA_ VA_HR_<Your Nonprofit Name>”
National Capital Region Designated Urban Area
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 3, 2020, at 11:59:59 PM to the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, which is the State Administrative Agent (SAA) for this grant.
Applications must use the following file naming convention: “FY2020_NSGP_UA_ DC_NCR_<Your Nonprofit Name>”
Non-Designated Urban Areas
Any nonprofit entity in Virginia that is not located within the Hampton Roads or National Capital Region designated urban areas submit their applications to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.
Applicants must submit their applications no later than Friday, April 3, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, which is the State Administrative Agent (SAA) for this grant.
Submit applications through the application portal (2020 Nonprofit Security Grant Program APPLICATION PORTAL)
Below are instructions for eligible applicants applying for FY2020 NSGP funds:
- Applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to be eligible.
- The maximum amount for an individual application is $100,000.
- Applicants must only request funding for equipment/activities that are consistent with the allowable costs guidance listed on pp. 12-14 of the NOFO and Program Appendix C.
All applicants must submit the following three (3) documents to the SAA for a complete application.
- Acompleted FY2020 NSGP Investment Justification template (Download IJ Template)
- A “mission statement”described on pg. 12 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 assessmenton which the request in the application is based (see pg. 12 of the NOFO).
Instructions on how to save the Investment Justification template (Excel file) correctly are listed on the “Introduction” worksheet—please follow these instructions carefully.
- 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.
o Applicants that do not have a DUNS number may get one by calling (866.705.5711).
o Applicants do not have to register with grants.gov,
Do not submit to FEMA or grants.gov—the SAA will do that on behalf of the region.
Please feel free to reach out to your Chief Regional Coordinator and/or your Grants Administrator if you have any questions.
Additionally, you can view detailed regional information here: VDEM Regions
|Chief Regional Coordinator||Grant Administrator|
|Region 1||Donna Pletch Donna.firstname.lastname@example.org||Lisa FoleyLisa.email@example.com|
|Region 2||Mark StoneMark.firstname.lastname@example.org||Shane AhernShane.email@example.com|
|Region 3||Gene StewartGene.firstname.lastname@example.org||James TurnerJames.email@example.com|
|Region 4||Tim EstesTim.firstname.lastname@example.org||James TurnerJames.email@example.com|
|Region 5||Bruce SterlingBruce.firstname.lastname@example.org||Kimberly LigonKimberly.email@example.com|
|Region 6||Mike GuzoMike.firstname.lastname@example.org||James TurnerJames.email@example.com|
|Region 7||Andy JohnAndy.firstname.lastname@example.org||Shane AhernShane.email@example.com|
VDEM will conduct an initial review and scoring of the applications received, and will submit a combined application to FEMA by April 15, 2020 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, 2020. Awards to non-profits will occur within 45 days of the FEMA award.
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- Eligible Private Non-Profits