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Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)

Grants to California Nonprofits to Enhance
Physical Security Against Terrorist Attacks

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California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) - Infrastructure Protection Grants Unit

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04/15/20 11:59 PM PST


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Grants to California nonprofits for projects to enhance the physical security of nonprofit organization sites. Funding is intended to secure sites against terrorist attacks based on the organization's mission, beliefs, or ideology. Funding is also intended to integrate the preparedness activities of nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack with broader state and local preparedness efforts.

In FY 2019, 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 FY 2019 Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)-designated urban areas. FY 2019 NSGP Eligible Urban Areas: Anaheim/Santa Ana Area, Bay Area, Los Angeles/Long Beach Area, Riverside Area, Sacramento Area, San Diego Area.
2) Nonprofit Security Grant Program - State (NSGP-S): Under NSGP-S, each state will receive a target allocation for nonprofit organizations located outside of FY 2019 UASI-designated urban areas.

FY 2019 NSGP allowable costs are focused on security-related activities. Funding can be used for security-related planning; exercises; training; contracted security personnel; and the acquisition and installation of security equipment on real property (including buildings and improvements) owned or leased by the nonprofit organization at the time of application.

Equipment is limited to two sections of items on the Authorized Equipment List (AEL): Physical Security Enhancement Equipment (Section 14) and Inspection and Screening Systems (Section 15).

Certain costs for training of nonprofit staff and members/congregants are also permitted. Allowable training topics are limited to the protection of critical infrastructure and key resources, including physical and cyber security, target hardening, and terrorism awareness/employee preparedness. Training conducted using NSGP funds must address a specific threat or vulnerability, as identified in the nonprofit organization’s investment justification (IJ).

FY 2019 NSGP evaluation criteria includes:
- State and Federal verification that the nonprofit organization is located within one of the FY 2019 UASI-designated urban areas for NSGP-UA or outside of one of the FY 2019 UASI-designated urban areas for NSGP-S;
- Identification and substantiation of prior threats or attacks (from within or outside the United States) by a terrorist organization, network, or cell against the applicant based on its ideology, beliefs, or mission;
- Symbolic value of the site(s) as a highly recognized regional, national, or historical institution(s) that renders the site(s) a possible target of terrorism;
- Role of the applicant nonprofit organization in responding to terrorist attacks;
- Findings from previously conducted threat or vulnerability assessments;
- Integration of nonprofit preparedness with broader state/territory, tribal, and local preparedness efforts;
- 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 Goal; and
- History of prior year funding under NSGP.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142254

Estimated Size of Grant:

For NSGP-UA, each nonprofit organization applies through the State Administrative Agency (SAA) for up to a $100,000 grant award.
For NSGP-S, the SAA may determine an award cap for individual subawards up to a maximum of $100,000 or the total allocation for that state, whichever is lower.

Term of Contract:

For NSGP, the period of performance is 36 months; this includes any EHP considerations required for the project, if applicable.

Performance Period starts in September 2019. Subrecipients have until 5/31/2022 to use all their funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An eligible nonprofit organization must:
a) Meet the description under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (IRC) and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such code;
b) For NSGP-UA, be located within one of the FY 2019 UASI-designated urban areas; OR for NSGP-S, be located outside of the FY 2019 UASI-designated urban areas; and
c) Be able to demonstrate, through the application, that the organization is at high risk of a terrorist attack.

Unallowable Costs:
- Organization costs, and operational overtime costs
- Hiring of public safety personnel
- General-use expenditures
- Overtime and backfill
- Initiatives that do not address the implementation of programs/initiatives to build prevention and protection-focused capabilities directed at identified facilities and/or the surrounding communities
- The development of risk/vulnerability assessment models
- Initiatives that fund risk or vulnerability security assessments or the development of the IJ
- Initiatives in which Federal agencies are the beneficiary or that enhance Federal property
- Initiatives which study technology development
- Proof-of-concept initiatives
- Initiatives that duplicate capabilities being provided by the Federal Government
- Organizational operating expenses
- Reimbursement of pre-award security expenses
- Any expenses incurred on your projects before your project award letter is issued

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Timeline:
- May 12, 2019, 11:59 PM: Applications Due to Cal OES.
- August/September 2019: FEMA announces FY 2019 Subrecipient Awardees
- September and/or October 2019: Cal OES Conducts a Subrecipient Required Documents Workshops.
- May 31, 2022: Grant Performance Period Ends

The total funding available under the FY 2019 NSGP will be $60 million:
- $50 million for NSGP-Urban Area (NSGP-UA); and
- $10 million for NSGP-State (NSGP-S).

Applicant must provide a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number.

To view Webinars, see Application Workshops pdf in the Supporting Documents section below.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applicants must submit all required application documents to the following email address:

For additional information regarding the NSGP, please contact the Infrastructure Protection Grant Unit at 916-845-8410.

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