Security Grant Program Updates
Updated March 6, 2020
Eligible nonprofits can now apply for both state and federal grants to upgrade their security. Some requirements apply to both sets of grants.
For New York State assistance contact DHSES at 1-866-837-9133 or email them at Grant.Info@dhses.ny.gov. To submit a question to us email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on the buttons below for the necessary forms and the most up-to-date information. Click to the Community Security Initiative (a joint program of UJA-Federation and JCRC-NY) tutorials below for more information and guidance.
Updated April 25, 2019| U.S. DHS posted its Fiscal Year 2019 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). There are three key changes:
A case can readily be made for additional contracted security guards, additional hours or an upgrading replacement (e.g., unarmed to armed) of the existing guards.
Finally, we think that it is appropriate to remind you that security guards are no panacea. Security planning should entail a well-considered mix of personnel, plans, procedures, training, drills and exercises and security hardware. The judges tend to look at your assessments to see if you are addressing the most important vulnerabilities.
The New York Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (NY DHSES) posted its New York-specific Request for Applications here. Check their website and ours for updates.
No news yet on NY Hate Crimes grants
Please be advised that the NY DHSES is still processing the submissions from the December Securing Communities against Hate Crimes (SCAHC). We advise you to prepare two lists of priorities for your Investment Justification: 1) assuming that you receive the SCAHC grant; and 2) if you do not. NY DHSES is making every effort to let the December applicants know ASAP.
Getting ready for the grant
2018 Nonprofit Security Grant Program: results
Congratulations to the 112 NSGP 2018 grantees and the 5 upstate winners. Our friends at NY DHSES (thank you Commissioner Roger Parrino, Shelley Wahrlich, Eric Abramson, Marianne Lindsay and everyone else) sent an email to every applicant to notify them of their status.
Here is a chart showing NY’s funding history:
See our past posts below:
The 2018 Grant
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released its Notice of Funding Opportunity.
NY Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services materials
Help with grant applications
If you’ve read the materials on this webpage and still have questions? Click here.
The process and application is likely to be quite similar to last year’s RFA (Request for Applications) :
- 2018 Background.
Through the efforts of an amazing coalition (led by JFNA and including JCRC-NY and UJA-Federation of New York), we were able to secure $50 million for the ongoing Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) of the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) (Click here for 2017’s list of eligible areas, we do not expect changes).
Additionally, another $10 million for nonprofit security under the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP). All 56 states and territories (including the District of Columbia) are eligible to apply for SHSP funds. How those funds will be allocated is still unknown.
In speaking with FEMA, we understand that the guidelines for these programs will be published the week of May 21. NY’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will release its package a few days earlier. As we feared, we believe that there will be a very narrow window until the deadline so
With respect to the UASI-NSGP program, we expect that the program roll-out and requirements will be similar to those established in past years. With respect to the SHSP-NSGP program, which is new, we will have to wait for FEMA to publish its guidelines before we will know what the framework and permissible activities will be under this new program, which could be different than those under the UASI-NSGP program.
As we learn more about the specifics of both program roll-outs, we look forward to updating you further.
People always complain that they aren’t given enough time to complete their applications so we advise you to click to scroll down and follow the instructions to get started now. Please scroll down for the JCRC-NY’s suggestions.
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.
- 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 soon. All of the eligible applicants that appropriately and accurately responded to the Request for Applications are likely to receive grants.
For 2017 grantees
- 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:
- 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”.
- Contracts. Once you’ve done your EHP (see below) 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.
- 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.
- If you have time now, there is no reason not to get started on your submission. Check out the EHP Screening Form Tutorial and EHP Instructional Assistance for Nonprofits and begin to fill out the EHP Screening Form FFN-024-0-1 (fillable).
- 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 email@example.com.
For the most up-to-date grants infohttps://www.jcrcny.org/securitygrants