Note: this question may substantially change in a 2016 Investment Justification. Please review our guidance when the 2016 Investment Justification is released.

The question is: What measurable outputs and outcomes will indicate that this Investment is successful at the end of the FY 2016 NSGP period of performance? Which specific NPG core capabilities does this investment work to achieve? Explain how this Investment supports the building or sustaining of these NPG core capabilities.

The judges benchmark is: Did the applicant provide a brief description of how the outcomes will mitigate risks outlined in the Background and Risk sections, as well as how the investment supports building or sustaining the identified Goal Core Capabilities?

(There is a 2,200 character limit not including spaces and this section is worth up to 4 points out of 40.)

JCRC comment: Thorough answers will receive the full 4 points.

Your proposed investments should clearly relate to one or more of these goals. The NSGP Program ’s allowable costs support efforts to build or sustain core capabilities across the Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery mission areas.

NPG Core

The National Preparedness Goals and the Core Capabilities covered in the Nonprofit Security Grant Program

This question helps the reviewers to determine how your proposed project fits into the national goals or preparedness. Your response should describe how the your proposed equipment investments will mitigate risks outlined in the Background and Risk sections, as well as how the investment supports building or sustaining the one or more of the identified NPG core capabilities. See Attachment D of the Request for Applications package for a complete explanation.

The FY 2015 NSGP Program contributes to the implementation of the National Preparedness System by supporting the building, sustainment, and delivery of core capabilities.  Core capabilities are essential for the execution of critical tasks identified in the National Planning Frameworks for each of the five mission areas outlined in the Goal.

  1. Preventing a threatened or an actual act of terrorism.
  2. Protecting our citizens, residents, visitors, and assets against the greatest threats and hazards.
  3. Mitigating the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of future disasters.
  4. Responding quickly to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs in the aftermath of a catastrophic incident.
  5. Recovering through a focus on the timely restoration, strengthening, and revitalization of infrastructure, housing, and a sustainable economy, as well as the health, social, cultural, historic, and environmental fabric of communities affected by a catastrophic incident.


For example, reinforced doors can “prevent, avoid or stop a threatened or actual act of terrorism.” They would also “protect citizens, residents, visitors and assets” and “mitigate the loss of life and property.”

Here are some examples of “Impact” for various proposed purchases.

Description of Impact Section

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