Security Grant FAQ’s


  • We heard that New York nonprofits must complete a Document Vault in order to have their applications considered. What is that? How do we answer some of the questions? Click here to learn more about JCRC’s guidance on the subject.
  • Grant applications will only be accepted from organizations located in specific areas. What are they?
    • New York StateIn 2016 only New York City, Nassau, Suffolk & Westchester are eligible.
    • Outside NY: Click here for 2016 list
  • Our organization rents our space. Are we eligible to apply? Funding can be used for the acquisition and installation of security equipment on real property (including buildings and improvements) owned or leased by the nonprofit organization, specifically in prevention of and/or protection against the risk of a terrorist attack.

Completing the Investment Justification

  • I understand that JCRC doesn’t recommend people for risk/vulnerability studies. What should I do? Click here.
  • What equipment can be purchased with this grant? Allowable costs are focused on target hardening activities, limited to select items in to two categories of items on the Authorized Equipment List (AEL):
    • Physical Security Enhancement Equipment (Category 14)
    • Inspection and Screening Systems (Category 15)
  • How do I apply for a DUNS number? Click here.


  • We need to do some security improvements immediately, can we get reimbursed for the costs if we get the grant? No.
  • Can part of the grant be used to pay for someone to manage the installation of the approved equipment? Nonprofit organizations that receive a funding under this program may use and expend up to five percent (5%) of their FY 2016 NSGP funds for Management & Adminstration purposes associated with the projects. It’s best to consult with DHSES on what is reimbursable before you do so.
  • Can the grant be used security installations during the construction of a facility? An applicant’s Investment Justification must demonstrate the ability to provide enhancements to an existing facility  (emphasis supplied by NY DHSES) consistent with the purpose of the program and guidance provided by DHS/FEMA.
    •  It’s best to consult with NY DHSES if you have specific questions about the definition of an “existing facility”.
    • When faced with construction deadlines, may consider installing cables (at their own expense) that will support all of their anticipated electronic needs — telephone, internet, intercom, access control, CCTV, alarms — while the walls are open and simply terminate the cabling where it will be needed. That is not a significant additional cost. Then, after you have a signed contract you can purchase and install your cameras, sensors, access control components, etc. and bill those costs to the grant.
  • Can I use the grant to pay for equipment that I’ve already installed? No, the Nonprofit Security Grant Program will only pay for items purchased during the life of the contract. NY DHSES requires that grantees must have a fully executed contract and approved Environmental and Historic Preservation Review from FEMA  before starting any work. Note, grantees must also comply with certain NY procurement rules.
  • What is the Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP) Review? Successful grantees will have to submit various documents to document that your work will not injure the environment or damage historic properties. The EHP program integrates the protection and enhancement of environmental, historic, and cultural resources into FEMA’s mission, programs and activities; ensures that FEMA’s activities and programs related to disaster response and recovery, hazard mitigation, and emergency preparedness comply with federal environmental and historic preservation laws and executive orders; and provides environmental and historic preservation technical assistance to FEMA staff, local, State and Federal partners, and grantees and subgrantees.
  • Where can I find JCRC’s security and emergency preparedness posts and alerts? Click here.
  • If you’ve read the materials on this webpage and still have questions? Click here.