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SFY2018-19 Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes (SCAHC) Grant Program

Grants to New York Nonprofits, Schools, Day Care Centers,
and Museums to Protect Facilities Against Hate Crimes

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New York State (NYS) Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES)

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12/19/18 5:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants of up to $50,000 per facility to New York nonprofit organizations, non-public schools, day care centers, and museums for physical enhancements and security training to protect facilities against hate crimes. Applicants must pre-qualify in the grants system prior to applying. The purpose of this program is to ensure the equal treatment and safety of all New Yorkers. Funding may be used for allowable exterior facility hardening, physical security enhancements and security training to secure facilities at risk of hate crimes.


In 2015, the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services’ data reflects 503 reported hate crimes in New York State. In 2016, reported hate crimes grew to 600, a year to year increase of 19 percent. The rise in hate crimes and threats against the State’s citizens and organizations is unacceptable.

New York State, committed to ensuring the safety and equal treatment of all New Yorkers, is launching the Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Program to boost safety and security at New York’s nonpublic schools, day care centers and cultural museums at risk of hate crimes or attacks because of their ideology, beliefs, or mission. In support of this effort, grant funding has been made available on a statewide basis and will be administered by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES).

The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to solicit proposals to support projects under the Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Program (SCAHC Program).

The SCAHC Program advances a common understanding of risk management. Applicants must complete a DHSES Risk Evaluation Tool that indicates how they will prevent and protect against hate crimes at their facilities. Grant funding must then be applied to mitigate risk/vulnerabilities as identified in the DHSES Risk Evaluation Tool.

The SCAHC Program seeks applications for projects to protect against potential hate crime activity by:
-Hardening the organization’s facility or facilities including recreational areas adjacent to the facility through exterior physical security enhancements; and/or
-Providing security training that will advance the knowledge of security personnel and staff.

Facility Hardening Costs:

Permissible costs are focused on external facility hardening activities that mitigate risks/vulnerabilities identified in the DHSES Risk Evaluation Tool. Funding can be used for the acquisition and installation of security equipment on real property/existing facilities owned or leased by the nonprofit organization, specifically in prevention of and/or protection against hate crimes. Any applicant who proposes work on a leased property is exclusively responsible to ensure compliance with the landlord lease agreement and associated requirements, particularly with regard to structural alterations, equipment installations and any alterations made with grant funds.

Additionally, applicant/grantee is solely responsible for compliance with any and all federal, state and local permitting or environmental compliance requirements. Security enhancements must be for the facility or facilities that the organization physically occupies at the time of application.

Equipment consists of, but is not limited to:
-Perimeter lighting;
-Door hardening;
-Alarm systems;
-Camera-based security systems;
-Access control systems;
-Perimeter fencing; barriers; bollards;
-Blast resistant film for windows/shatter resistant glass.

Security Training Costs:

The SCAHC Program allows for costs to train security personnel and other appropriate staff to prevent and protect against acts of hate crimes. Allowable training topics are limited to the protection of physical security and training that will advance the knowledge of security personnel and/or staff about hate crime activity, suspicious behavior; emergency evacuation procedures and similar topics that will secure the organization.

All training will require prior DHSES approval and must be within the United States.
Allowable training costs include but may not be limited to the following:
-Attendance fees for training;
-Costs for materials and supplies at training;
-Travel related costs to attend training.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182484

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Applications will be accepted for up to $50,000 per facility. Eligible organizations may submit up to three applications for a maximum total request of up to $150,000 allowed per organization. For purposes of this grant program a facility is defined as a standalone building including recreational areas adjacent to the building.

Term of Contract:

Funds will be awarded for an 18-month period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be considered for funding, eligible organizations must have received a Recognition of Exempt Status Determination letter from the IRS pursuant to 26 USC §501(c)(3). Alternatively, the applicant may self-certify by providing a letter affirming that the organization qualifies as a §501(c)(3) organization and is exempt from tax pursuant to 26 USC §501(a); and the organization must maintain tax exempt status throughout the life of the grant. If the organization’s tax exempt status is jeopardized or placed into question at any point during the life of the grant, the organization must notify DHSES within fifteen (15) days.

In addition, organizations must be:

- A nonprofit nonpublic school registered with the New York State Department of Education with a current Basic Educational Data System (BEDS code), or

- A nonprofit day care center or school-age child care program licensed and/or registered, respectively, by the Office of Children and Family Services; or

- A group day care center permitted by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, or enrolled group programs that are legally-exempt from the requirement to be licensed or registered by the Office of Children and Family Services, or

- A nonprofit cultural museum which is a building or site for the exhibition or promotion of arts and culture of a particular region or people; and

-Be at significant risk of a hate crime due to ideology, beliefs, or mission as described by the applying organization under this RFA; and

-Be registered, have recently applied for registration or be exempt from registering with the NYS Attorney General’s Office, Charities Bureau; and

-Be prequalified, through the New York State Grants Gateway prior to application submission.

Proposals must be for new projects only. Grant funds cannot be used to support projects that have been completed prior to award or outside the period of performance of the grant. Also, grant funds cannot be used to fund projects that have already been reimbursed through the Nonpublic Safety Equipment (NPSE) program administered by the State Education Department or the UASI Nonprofit Security Grant Program administered by DHSES.

The following projects and costs are considered not permissible for award considerations:
-Personnel costs, including the hiring of security or safety personnel;
-General-use expenditures;
-Overtime and backfill costs;
-Construction costs for new facilities;
-The development of risk/vulnerability assessment models;
-Proof-of-concept initiatives;
-Organizational operating expenses;
-Reimbursement of pre-award costs;
-Anticipated security costs for facilities not yet built or existing.

Pre-Application Information:

You must be prequalified in the NYS Grants Gateway System at the time of the application; if you are not prequalified you will be disqualified without further review or consideration.

Application Due Date: December 19, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.

To ensure adequate time to respond, substantive written questions regarding this Request for Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm on December 12, 2018.

Technical Assistance for E-Grants will not be available after 5:00 pm on December 19, 2018.

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

Marianne Lindsay

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York