Category Archive: Nonprofit Security Grants

Great news: Omnibus Bill has $50M plus for nonprofit security grants

Posted on March 22, 2018

Congressional leaders posted the text of Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (aka the Omnibus Bill)) last night. Its passage will keep the government operating for the remainder of the fiscal year. Included in the bill (besides the Taylor Force Act) is an allocation of $50 million (up from $25M) for the Nonprofit Security Grants Program (NSGP) and $10 million for nonprofits outside of the designated UASI regions (Good news for upstate and Connecticut institutions).

We won’t know when the application package will be available or the deadline for submission until the U.S. Department of Homeland Security releases its guidance. People always complain that they aren’t given enough time to complete their applications so we advise you to click to www.jcrcny.org/securitygrants and follow the instructions to get started now.

The projected increase in the grant allocation would not be possible without our Congressional champions. A major push for the $50 million came in a bipartisan “Dear Colleague” letter to the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee (including the Ranking Member, our own Rep. Nita Lowey) circulated by Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. and our own Dan Donovan, Jr. Our New York delegation figured prominently among the signers, including: Representatives Yvette Clarke, Joseph Crowley, Eliot Engel, Adriano Espaillat, John Faso, Hakeem Jeffries, John Katko, Peter King, Carolyn Maloney, Gregory Meeks, Jerrold Nadler, Thomas Suozzi, Kathleen Rice, Claudia Tenney and Nydia Velázquez. Of course, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Democratic Leader Charles Schumer were helpful in the Senate. Please contact their offices to let them know that you appreciate their leadership.

JCRC-NY and UJA-Federation are key members of the dynamic coalition that pushes for this legislation year-after-year. The linchpin of this effort is Rob Goldberg of the Washington, DC office of the Jewish Federations of North America. Our friend, William Daroff, the senior vice president for public policy and director of the Washington office of The Jewish Federations of North America, plays an important role.

Security Grants Updates

Posted on March 09, 2018

We continue to get the question, “When will the grant come out?” My standard answer is, “If you can tell me when the federal government will have a budget I might be able to answer that question.”

I am ​pleased to share with you an update from Rob Goldberg at the Jewish Federations of North America. Rob is the father of, and key advocate for, the NSGP.

Nearly six months into fiscal year 2018, action on the unfinished spending package is “possible” next week. The $1.3 trillion omnibus measure is due March 23.  There are still a few polarizing issues that need to be ironed out, particularly within the Labor-HHS-Education, Financial Services and Homeland Security measures due to a combination of policy and funding differences. With respect to homeland security the sticking points pertain to money for border security infrastructure (including “The Wall”) and budgeting for detention beds.

At this point, I believe that the House and Senate Homeland Security negotiators have reached agreement on NSGP spending levels.  While I do not know what level has been determined, I expect it will be somewhere between the $20 million set aside in the Senate HLS Committee’s draft bill and the $50 million approved by the House.  I note that we have been advocating very hard for the House levels.

As of today, we also do not know whether the House agreed to the Senate’s language to extend program eligibility to communities that reside outside of the current established high threat urban areas (as defined by the Urban Area Security Initiative).

​Our view is that if lightning strikes and the Omnibus Bill passes​, it will take DHS about a month to release its FY18 application guidelines, timelines ​(including the deadline for states to forward grant applications) ​and directives​. Then NY DHSES ​will need ​about a week to release its Request for Applications(around the end of April, beginning of May​?).  Last year NY applicants had nine days to complete their paperwork, but the due date depends on the deadline that DHS gives to the states. If the Omnibus Bill passes in March people will have more time than they did last year (best guess, 3-4 weeks), but we strongly advise that you get started now (see the information below​).

Many new applicants find that the most time-consuming step of the process is the Document Vault. We suggest that you plan to complete your Document Vault and get your assessment/survey finished before Passover.

New York State grant. The NY State Division of Homeland Security is currently reviewing the submissions for  the FY 2017-18 Securing Communities Against Hate Crime Program (SCAHC). They anticipate that they will notify the applicants of the results this month. All of the eligible applicants that appropriately and accurately responded to the Request for Applications are likely to receive grants.

Webinar. JCRC-NY will offer a webinar on completing the grant application package once the New York State Request for Applications is released.  We expect there will be few changes in the program (except for the possibility that nonprofits outside of the designated areas will be eligible) so you can click here to view our 2017 guidance to get started.


Getting started


The process and application is likely to be quite similar to last year’s RFA (Request for Applications) :

  • Prequalification. Plan to complete your prequalification before Passover. New York State will not accept applications for grants unless the applicant is prequalified, i.e., applicants must upload basic organizational documents and answer questions about their nonprofit’s capacity and integrity. This portal is known as the “Grants Gateway.”
    • New applicants. See JCRC-NY’s additional information about how to get started and special instructions for religious corporations at: http://www.jcrcny.org/document-vault-faqs/.
    • Previously prequalified. If your nonprofit was previously prequalified, you will still have to update certain documents if your document vault “expires” (i.e, certain information goes out of date). Check out your Document Vault for more information.
  • E-Grants. New York State applicants to both programs must submit all of their application package through the E-grants system. Download the E-Grants Registration and follow the instructions to obtain an account and password. The E-Grants Tutorial shows you how to get through the process.

Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Program

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, a total of $25 million in 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). Applications will be due on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 4PM. 
NYS DHSES will host a webinar is scheduled on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. to review the RFA and to highlight program requirements.

To access the webinar on November 6th, click the web-link and also call the conference line to hear the audio.

Web-link:  https://share.dhs.gov/nysscahc/

Call-in Information:
Dial-in Number: 1-857-232-0159
Conference Code: 852398

This webinar will be recorded and available here by close of business Wednesday, November 6th.

  • Funding. The NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services released a Request for Applications (RFA) to solicit proposals to support projects under the Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Program (SCAHC Program). 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 the recreational areas adjacent to the building.
  • Eligibility. Organizations must have IRS 501(c)(3) recognition and be:
    • a non-profit nonpublic school registered with the New York State Department of Education with a current Basic Educational Data System (BEDS code), or
    • a non-profit 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 non-profit cultural museum which is a building or site for the exhibition or promotion of arts and culture of a particular region or people.
  • The grant will pay for:
    • Equipment. Allowable 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 grant program allows for costs to train security personnel and other appropriate staff to prevent and protect against acts of hate crimes. All training will require prior DHSES approval and must be within the United States. 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.
  • Forms
  • Prequalification. New York State requires nonprofits to prequalify before they submit grant applications. If you prequalified for the federal grant, simply check to make sure that the documents in your Document Vault have not expired. If you are not prequalified you should register at https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/ & complete their Document Vault . See JCRC-NY’s additional information at: http://www.jcrcny.org/document-vault-faqs/.
  • Other submissions. All of the required documents must be submitted via the E-Grants system and must include the following documents within, or as attachments to the E-Grants system:
    1. Contact Information (see the E-Grants tutorial);
    2. Proposed Project Workplan Information (see the E-Grants tutorial);
    3. Budget Request Information (see the E-Grants tutorial);
    4. A color, ground-level photo of the front façade of the facility and/or
      recreational area, which is labeled with the name and address of the
      facility (submitted as an attachment in E-Grants)
    5. Status History Report from Grants Gateway website showing
      prequalification status (Submitted as an attachment in E-Grants)
    6. DHSES Risk Evaluation Tool (Similar to the NSGP’s Investment Justification and submitted as an attachment in E-Grants)
    7. Letter on organization’s letterhead indicating the BEDS code; a copy of the license and/or registration issued by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services or permit issued by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; if enrolled legally exempt, the Notice of Enrollment (Submitted as an attachment in E-Grants).

JCRC-NY will be providing additional guidance in the future.

Nonprofit Security Grant: Last minute FAQ’s

Posted on June 09, 2017

Applications Due by June 12, 2017, 11:59 pm. We know that many of you are busy trying to finish up the work while facing a crazy deadline. Here are some last minute tips:

Technical problems

  • Prequalification/Document Vault. To those of you who are still trying to upload everything into your Document Vault: If you get a message that says that your Document Vault was  sent back for modifications, that something is wrong with it. Check it out the report and fix whatever is missing or incomplete. Too many people are just resubmitting it “as is”.  The Grants Gateway staff is working overtime to try to prequalify everyone who completes the work. Please don’t waste their time.
  • Faulty Investment Justification template. Our friends in Washington, DC initially sent Albany a problematic file. If you downloaded a form Monday morning and are having trouble entering information, simply download another here.

Investment Justification FAQ’s

  • Tips. Don’t know how to answer a question? See our suggestions here and from JFNA here.
  • Threats. Remember, you are told to “discuss findings from risk assessment, police findings, and/or insurance claims at the location where the physical security enhancements will be installed.”
    • Cite you risk assessment and the author’s credentials (e.g., an industry certification like CPP, police department, etc.).
    • Mention mail, telephonic or electronic threats, negative graffiti or vandalism at your facility or those nearby.
    • If your risk assessment doesn’t cite the key threats, note that the updated National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin concludes that “specific attack tactics have included the use of vehicle ramming, small arms, straight-edged blades or knives, and homemade explosives, as well as other acts such as taking hostages.”
  • Tell a story.
    • Vulnerability. Your risk assessment informs you about what can go wrong. Your risk assessment should itemize your vulnerability. For example: “The main entrance, fire egress doors and internal doors will not withstand a forced entry attack or limit unauthorized persons from accessing interior areas of the building” or “Electronic access control systems are not utilized to support authorized-only accessibility within and throughout the building and the system does not have an emergency lockdown feature. Much of the building is interconnected and once entry has been made into the building, an attacker can reach most other areas of the facility.” Choose to address your high priority vulnerabilities with this grant.
    • Target hardening.  Your improvements must address identified threats or vulnerabilities. So, using the “Door” vulnerability  the recommendation is: “To limit unauthorized persons from pushing in and/or breaking through the main entrance, it is recommended that these doors and their related framings, hinges, closing hardware, glass panels, walls, ceiling and locking systems be modified to be forced entry resistant. The installation and proper use of impact resistant doors might deter an attack, might deny an intruder entry, should delay his/her entry, thereby  mitigating the injuries and damage from an attack.” The second section of Target Hardening requires the AEL code and description (14SW-01-DOOR | Doors and Gates, Impact Resistant), a simple reference to your vulnerability section (e.g., Vulnerable Doors), and a cost estimate.
  • Costs. You don’t have to get bids during the application process. However, if you are awarded a grant and find that you need to modify your plan you must receive permission from NYS DHSES and they must have it approved by DHS.
  • Impact. Confused about “measurable outputs and outcomes”? See our tips or our webpage.

Finishing up

  • EGrants. Remember, your entire application package must be submitted via E-Grants.
    • Don’t wait for the last minute! If you have questions (If you have a problem: DHSES can be reached at 1-866-837-9133 or  Grant.Info@dhses.ny.gov) you might not be able to get an answer right away due to the onrush of questions. Allocate enough time for things to go wrong.
    • Use the E-Grants tutorial.  We open the E-Grants document in one window and the tutorial in another. Then, we simultaneously scroll through the tutorial and the E-Grants forms and fill in the blanks with whatever the tutorial recommends.
  • Checklist. Sorry, we’re too busy to produce our fancy checklist this year. The RFA explains “To be considered for funding, eligible nonprofit organization must submit a complete application using the State’s Electronic Grants (E-Grants) System (Click on the link if you don’t have an E-Grants Registration account).
    • Investment Justification Template (Submitted as an attachment in E-Grants)
    • Contact Information (Section of E-Grants)
    • Proposed Project Workplan Information (Section of E-Grants)
    • Budget Request Information (Section of E-Grants)
    • Certification to Accept the Assurances (Section of E-Grants)
    • Status History report from Grants Gateway website showing prequalification status (Submitted as an attachment in E-Grants)
    • Signed and notarized Vendor Responsibility Questionnaire (Submitted as an Attachment in E-Grants)
    • Mission Statement (Submitted as an attachment in E-Grants)
    • Threat and/or vulnerability assessment, if installing equipment at more than one location, assessments must be submitted for each location (Submitted as an attachment in E-Grants)

The Nonprofit Security Grant is here and due in NY June 12

Posted on June 02, 2017

Nonprofit Security Grant Program 2017

June 3, 2017 |

  1. This year DHS is providing $25,000,000 for target hardening activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack and located within one of the specific UASI-designated urban areas (click here for the complete list).
  2. New York’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Request for Applications (RFA) is posted here. The due date in NY is Monday, June 12, 2017. Yes, everyone knows that this is a crazy schedule, but there’s no choice.
  3. If your Grants Gateway Document Vault is not pre-certified (or well under way) you are running out of time. Organizations that are not pre-certified cannot apply for the grants. Click here for more information.
  4. A PDF of the Investment Justification is available here. The actual spreadsheet will be available on the NY DHSES webpage. You will notice that the questions remain the same, but that there are some formatting improvements.
  5. The New York State Hate Crimes grant applications will probably be released towards the end of the month. As soon as we see the RFA we will publish additional materials to help qualified groups apply for that grant.
Powerpoint presentation Our apologies to those who couldn’t join the webinar. Download a PDF from our 2017 webinar here. View the recording: Part 1, Part 2. Check out our 2017 Investment Justification tips here and tips from JFNA here.  NEW
New Jersey presentation Want more? Check out this workshop presented by David Fields of the New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP).
Prequalification NY nonprofits should register at https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/ &
complete their Document Vault . See JCRC-NY’s additional information at: http://www.jcrcny.org/document-vault-faqs/ .If your nonprofit was previously prequalified, you will still have to update certain documents or your document vault is expired. Check our your document vault for more information.
NY nonprofit grants webpage If you’ve never applied before, click here for New York’s nonprofit webpage, with the E-grant application. If you have an existing account (and remember the
username/password), you’re fine.
Risk assessment You can do conduct a self-assessment, have your local police do a crime prevention survey or get an independent professional. Find guidance and contacts here and JCRC-NY’s guide to security consultants here. There are some good self-assessment tools available. Check out:

Investment Justification Download the PDF of the 2017 Investment Justification here to see what the application looks like. Make sure to submit your information on the 2017 forms are released.
Threat scan Stymied by the “Risk” section of the Investment Justification? Download our Selective Threat Scan for documentation and help with the “Threat” and “Consequences” questions. You will need an assessment to identify your vulnerabilities.
NY State funding for nonprofit security. This year’s New York State budget included funding for “safety and security projects at nonpublic schools, community centers and day care facilities at risk of hate crimes or attacks because of their ideology, beliefs or mission.” Obviously, the details are still pending.

Click here to subscribe to the JCRC-NY Security and Emergency Preparedness Alert list, which will notify you about the details when they become available.

For the most up-to-date info http://www.jcrcny.org/securitygrants