FY2022 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)

On May 13, 2022, FEMA released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the FY2022 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). This grant provides $250,000,000 in funding support for target hardening and other physical and cyber security enhancements as well as activities to eligible nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack. If an organization is interested in applying for this grant program, applications to include the Investment Justification, Mission Statement, and Vulnerability Assessment must be submitted no later than Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Additional instructions provided below.

The 2022 NSGP has two components: 1) $125 Million for eligible nonprofit entities that are within designated major urban areas (NSGP-UA); 2) $125 Million for eligible nonprofit entities that are not within those designated major urban areas, through a state-level application (NSGP-S). The Maryland Department of Emergency Management (the State Administering Agency - SAA) is eligible to apply on behalf of the state for both the Urban Area (NSGP-UA) as well as State-level (NSGP-S).

The following information and instructions are for nonprofit applicants that are within the Baltimore Urban Area (Baltimore UASI) and the remaining Counties within the State (excluding Montgomery & Prince George's Counties - these applications are sent to the District of Columbia Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency - https://hsema.dc.gov/nsgp).

Below are instructions for applications for FY2022 NSGP:

  • Applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to be eligible.
  • Applicants must be located within the above mentioned areas
  • The maximum amount for an individual application is $150,000. An applicant with multiple locations may submit up to three (3) separate applications for different locations in total, for a maximum of $450,000 per organization.
  • Applicants must only request funding for equipment/activities that are consistent with the allowable costs guidance listed on pp. 21-22 of the NSGP NOFO and in greater detail on pages C-1 to C-7 of the FY2022 FEMA Preparedness Grants Manual.
  • Applicants must submit their applications no later than Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 11:59.59 PM EDT.
  • Applicants must submit the following three (3) documents to the SAA for a complete application (see pg. 42 of the NOFO)
    1. A completed FY2022 NSGP Investment Justification template
    2. A "mission statement" which explains the nature of the applicant organization’s purpose and mission. This will primarily be used to validate the organization’s type identified in the IJ as either: 1) Ideology-based/spiritual/religious; 2) Educational; 3) Medical; or 4) Other.
    3. A copy of the vulnerability/risk assessment on which the request in the application is based.

Nonprofit applicants must use the following naming convention for the files submitted to the SAA:

  • The Investment Justification file name should follow this format:
    • Baltimore Urban Area (NSGP-UA):
      • "FY2022_NSGP_UA_MD__”; As an example, an application from an organization named ABC School would name their Investment Justification file "FY2022_NSGP_UA_MD_Baltimore_ABC School"
    • ​Outside Urban Areas (NSGP-S):
      • "FY2022_NSGP_S_MD_"; As an example, an application from an organization named ABC School would name their Investment Justification file "FY2022_NSGP_S_MD_ ABC School"
    • The Mission Statement file name should be: " Mission Statement"
    • The Vulnerability Assessment file name should be: " Vulnerability Assessment"

    The scoring criteria for the applications are included on pp. 25-29 of the NOFO – applicants should review the scoring criteria to understand how your applications will be scored by NSGP-UA and NSGP-S as well as FEMA reviewers.

    REMINDER: Do not submit applications to FEMA or grants.gov​. MDEM will do that on behalf of the State of Maryland.

    An initial review and scoring of the applications will be conducted on applications received by the deadline. The applications will be combined and MDEM will submit eligible applications to FEMA. FEMA will make the final selection of award recipients and will announce the result later in the summer of 2022 and will issue the grant award to MDEM no later than September 30, 2022. Once MDEM has received the federal grant award and the list of selected recipients, MDEM will issue subawards to those selected recipients.

    Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)

    As of April 4, 2022, the federal government has stopped using the DUNS number to identify applicants and recipients of federal funding. Now, entities doing business with the federal government use the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) created in SAM.gov. For FY2022 NSGP applicants, if you have a UEI, enter it in the FY2022 application template where it is indicated. If you do not yet have a UEI you may leave that field in the application template blank, and your application will be accepted. However, please continue your efforts to get a UEI, as MDEM must have a UEI for all successful applicants in order to issue subrecipient awards in the coming months. Please refer to the UEI instructions in the Preparedness Grants Manual and the FY2022 NSGP NOFO.

    FY 2022 Application Documents