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USA: Massachusetts

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Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security - Office of Grants and Research (OGR)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #142416

Grant Description

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Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations to enhance organizational security. Funding is intended for a range of activities that will decrease risks and vulnerability to terrorism, including planning, training, exercises, personnel, and equipment. The purpose of funding is to advance security measures for organizations that are at high risk for terrorist attacks.

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, multiple funding allocations have been appropriated for nonprofit organizations regardless of whether they are located within the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) designated urban areas. As in previous fiscal years, the Nonprofit Security Grant Program - Urban Area (NSGP-UA) will be a competitive grant program that funds nonprofits located in UASI-designated urban areas. In Massachusetts, the UASI Metro Boston area is Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, and Winthrop. Under the Nonprofit Security Grant Program - State (NSGP-S), each state will receive an allocation for nonprofit organizations located outside of the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)-designated urban areas.

Allowable costs:

  • Equipment
  • Planning
  • Training/Exercises
  • Nonprofit Management and Administration
  • Indirect (Facilities & Administration) Costs
  • Construction and Renovation
  • Maintenance & Sustainment
  • Contracted Security

For more information on allowable costs, see

Proposals are evaluated based on the:

  • Building and sustainability of core capabilities outlined in FEMA's National Preparedness Report
  • Strengthening of governance integration between private nonprofit entities and federal, state, and local governments
  • Encouragement of a whole community approach to security and emergency management

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible nonprofits organizations are those that are:
1. Described under section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS Code of 1986 (IRC) and exempt from tax under section 501 (a) of such code.
2. Determined to be at high risk of a terrorist attack by the Secretary of Homeland Security.

For unallowable costs, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

Please register for FFY2022 Nonprofit Security Grant Program Information Session on May 20, 2022 2:00 PM EDT at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Pre-Application Information:

- May 16, 2022: OGR will release/post Notice of Funding Opportunity for NSGP
- May 20, 2022: Application Assistance Webinar
- Email all questions by May 23, 2022
- Email application and documents by May 27, 2022, 4:00 p.m.
- Award Notification: September 2022

To apply for funding, you must submit:
- FFY2022 NSGP Investment Justification (download below)
- Vulnerability Assessment
- Mission Statement
- UEI Number
- FFY 2022 NSGP Subgrantee Risk Assessment Form
- Signature Page

For entities that had an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) prior to this date, the UEI has automatically been assigned and no action is necessary. For all entities filing a new registration in on or after April 4, 2022, the UEI will be assigned to that entity as part of the registration process.

This a cost reimbursement grant.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- Maximum Funding Request for NSGP-UA Up to $150,000/applicant
- Maximum Funding Request for NSGP-S Up to $150,000/applicant
- No more than 3 sites for a maximum of $450,000

Term of Contract:

The project period of performance will end no later than December 31, 2024

Contact Information:

Email questions and applications to

Homeland Security Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) Coordinator
10 Park Plaza, Suite 3720-A, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 933-3544

RFP & Supporting Documents:

Full Grant Text RFP

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

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