Nonprofit Security Grant Program Updates

NSGP 2017

April 28, 2017 | The timing of the 2017 applications is still up in the air. The House voted 382 to 30 and the Senate unanimously approved a bill to keep the government open until May 5th. This will give the negotiators time to finalize a longer-term deal that would fund the government through the end of the fiscal year in September. There can be no grant programs without a budget.

Once the budget bill is signed by the President, the US Department of Homeland should post its its guidance within a week or two and the NY Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services releasing its Request for Applications soon thereafter. Assuming that the budget passes next week, don’t be surprised if the application package is due at the end of May or the beginning of June.

So the turnaround may be very quick. We don’t anticipate any significant changes in the application process and most of the requirements of the application process can be met before the deadline. Our advice is to get started now! Here’s what you can do.

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
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 2016 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.
For the most up-to-date info http://www.jcrcny.org/securitygrants

For 2016 grantees

People have lots of questions. Here are some of them:

      • How much money did we get? We don’t have that information (it will be in the official notification letter). However, doing the math, the average of all of the grants was $73,888. It is highly likely that the grantees will receive the requested amounts.
      • Can we start to spend money yet? Don’t spend any money yet, there are several more hoops to jump through. Significantly:
            1. Official notification. Our friends at NY DHSES are the official gatekeepers for the grants. You are not really a grantee until they tell you that you are. When they are officially notified by U.S. DHS they will send out communications to all applicants, both those who were successful and those who were not. The communication will include the definitive list of “next steps”.
            2. Environmental and Historical Preservation submissions. The Request for Applications explained:

              As a Federal Agency, DHS/FEMA is required to consider the effects of its actions on the environment and/or historic properties to ensure that all activities and programs funded by the agency, including grant-funded projects, comply with Federal EHP regulations, laws and Executive Orders, as applicable. Grantees proposing projects that have the potential to impact the environment, including but not limited to the modification or renovation of existing buildings, structures and facilities, or new construction including replacement of facilities, must participate in the DHS/FEMA EHP review process. Much of the equipment purchased with NSGP funds require Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP) review. The EHP review process involves the submission of a detailed project description that explains the goals and objectives of the proposed project along with supporting documentation so that DHS/FEMA may determine whether the proposed project has the potential to impact environmental resources and/or historic properties. In some cases, DHS/FEMA is also required to consult with other regulatory agencies and the public in order to complete the review process. The EHP review process must be completed before funds are released to carry out the proposed project. DHS/FEMA will not fund projects that are initiated without the required EHP review completed and approved.

            3. Contract. Once you’ve done your EHP and jumped through a few hoops, NY DHSES will send you a contract. Only when the contract is fully signed by your organization and NY State officials can you begin the procurement process. And yes, there are rules for that, too. NY will not reimburse you for items purchased before you have a fully signed contract.
      • When can we start our project? If you keep on top of the process and submit all of the correct paperwork, plan on being able to start spending money in January, 2017.

At this point, it’s best to direct your questions to the mavens at DHSES at 1-866-837-9133 or e-mail at grants@dhses.ny.gov.

Nonprofit Grant Program 2016 Results!

June 29, 2016. NY secures over $5.1M | Special thank you’s to Schumer, Gillibrand, Lowey, Donovan and KingThank you to our champions. They fought for this grant and 70 NY organizations will benefit this year. They are already fighting for the 2017 allocation. Please let Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Reps. Lowey, Donovan and King and the rest of our delegation know that you appreciate their hard work. 

Thanks go to JFNA’s Washington office, our champions in the Senate and the House, and the rest of our coalition partners. We are working on the passage of legislation establishing next year’s grant program. For the press release with full results click here.

DHS Nonprofit Security Grant Program Results

DHS Nonprofit Security Grant Program: NY Results 2007-2016

The results are nigh

June 28, 2016 According to FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is on track to announce that award decisions for the several state and local security grant programs have been made this week, including the NSGP program. Typically, DHS releases a general public statement signifying that awards have been made, and then notifies NY DHSES and other participating State Administrative Agencies with their respective state-specific results.

JCRC has been in contact with the offices of Senators Schumer and Gillibrand. If possible, they plan to issue a press release and identify the designated grantees. Stay tuned.

Pencils down, time is up

March 31, 2016 If your NY organization did not submit a 2016 application it’s too late. Statewide, 198 organizations applied (up 11% from last year). Now the work begins for our friends at DHSES and their partners. They must score and prioritize all of the applications and send them to DHS in Washington, DC. Expect to be notified of the results in July.

Please let us know how we can improve our materials for next year. Good luck.

The basics

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released its guidance on Tuesday for the $20 million Nonprofit Security Grant Program. The grant is competitive and awardees can qualify for up to $75,000 in equipment approved for target hardening.

                    • The NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES)  2016 RFA (application package) at http://www.dhses.ny.gov/grants/nonprofit.cfm is live. The deadline for submission will be March 28, 2016. (Applicants will still have 6 weeks to complete their application package and will be finished before Passover.)  If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please contact DHSES via email at: grants@dhses.ny.gov
                    • In New York, nonprofits located in NYC, Long Island and Westchester are eligible. Outside of NY, check here.
                    • JCRC scheduled its assistance webinar on Monday, February 22, 2016 from 11AM to 12:30PM. Click here to reserve and receive the instructions to connect to the webinar.
                    • We are busily updating our help webpage at www.jcrcny.org/securitygrants. We plan to include the webinar presentations and a recording of the webinar on the page. Check back often.
                    • Click here to subscribe to the JCRC-NY Security and Emergency Preparedness Alert list. Subscribers will receive updates on the security grant program and other alerts.

JCRC-NY and UJA-Federation worked closely with JFNA and its partners worked very hard to bolster the NSGP program allocation this year, and the roles of the Orthodox Union and Agudath Israel were critical.

Working on our behalf were Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and members of Congress who signed onto Congressman Peter King’s letter urging an increase in the allocation this year: Dan Donovan, Elliot Engel, Carolyn Maloney, Grace Meng, Jerry Nadler, Kathleen Rice and Lee Zeldin.


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security made its 2015 decisions and the NY Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services notified all of the applicants of the decisions. The number of organizations submitting applications (176) was up 21% this year, as compared to 2014, with 36 winners (21%). We thank the team at NY DHSES — Shelley Wahrlich, Eric Abramson, Marianne Lindsay, Valerie Bloomer, Dov Horwitz and Wendy Houck — for all of their efforts.