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Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)

2020 Nonprofit Security Grant Program

2020 NSGP Investment Justification Application Deadline:
Friday, 5:00 p.m., April 10, 2020

The 2020 NSGP provides funding support for physical security enhancements and other security related activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack. NSGP seeks to integrate the preparedness activities of nonprofit organizations with broader state and local preparedness efforts.

In FFY 2020, 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 FFY 2020 Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)-designated urban areas. In Arizona, the only UASI-designated area is the Phoenix metropolitan area which primarily encompasses Maricopa County. Nonprofit organizations may apply for up to a $100,000 grant award.

  2. Nonprofit Security Grant Program - State (NSGP-S): Under NSGP-S, each state will receive a target allocation for nonprofit organizations located outside of FFY 2020 UASI-designated urban areas. Nonprofit organizations may apply for up to a $100,000 grant award.

You cannot apply for both programs. Applications that are received for the wrong program will be deemed ineligible.


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 area attracts the most concern:

  1. Enhancing the protection of soft targets/crowded places;

Likewise, there are several enduring security needs that crosscut the homeland security enterprise. The following are second-tier priorities that help recipients implement a comprehensive approach to securing communities:

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

NOTE: This grant is a reimbursement grant. If you receive an award, all items requested and approved for funding must be purchased (within the period of performance) and paid for prior to requesting reimbursement.


To apply for the NSGP grant, please review and complete the documents as indicated below.

Review prior to applying:

Submit the following application items (Items in blue font are hyperlinks to application forms.) to [email protected] by 5:00 p.m., April 10, 2020:

  1. Vulnerability Risk Assessment on which the application is based.
    For more information on obtaining a Vulnerability Risk Assessment, please contact your local law enforcement and request to speak to a Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO).
  2. Investment Justification Application
    • Please note that the Vulnerability Risk Assessment is not forwarded to FEMA with the application; therefore, you are advised to include information from the assessment as you deem appropriate in section III Risk of the Investment Justification Application.
    • Section IV Target Hardening – Please include quantities (where applicable) in the Description text box.
    • Planning, Training, Exercise, M&A and Contracted Security Personnel requests should also be listed in the grid section below the narrative text box. Leave the AEL # blank.
      • M&A activities must be allowable and described in detail (NOFO, Page 14)
    • Section V Milestones – Use October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021 as your period of performance. All milestone dates should occur within that range. (FYI - An EHP review is applicable to all NSGP applications.)
    • Save the file using the following naming convention:
      • For NSGP-UA: FY2020_NSGP_UA_AZ_
      • For NSGP-S: FY2020_NSGP_S_AZ_
      • If using Excel 2007, applicants are required to save the final version in the Excel 97-2003 format before submitting.
  3. Arizona NSGP Supplemental Forms
    • Complete all 6 tabs.
    • Project Detail tab - Complete only those sections for which grant funds are being sought.
    • Project Detail tab - Quantities and estimates should be based upon actual estimates and/or informed research.


NSGP Investment Justification Application Deadline:
Friday, 5:00 p.m., April 10, 2020


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