Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)

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The FY2024 Nonprofit Security Grant Program application is closed as of 5/22/2024. Please monitor this site for future updates about the FY2025 application.

What is the NSGP?

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), provides an annual competitive opportunity for nonprofit organizations in the form of the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). The NSGP provides funding for physical security enhancements and other security-related activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist or other extremist attack. The NSGP also seeks to integrate the preparedness activities of nonprofit organizations with broader state and local preparedness efforts.

In assessing the national risk profile for Fiscal Year 2024 DHS/FEMA has determined their main priority to be: Enhancing the protection of soft targets/crowded places

Additionally, DHS/FEMA has identified several enduring security needs priorities for securing communities:

  1. Effective planning

  2. Training and awareness campaigns

  3. Exercises

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program is designed to specifically address the Safety and Security Community Lifelines while supporting the following Core Capabilities established in the National Preparedness Goal. Core Capabilities that are enhanced by the NSGP include:

  • Access control and identity verification

  • Cybersecurity

  • Infrastructure systems

  • Intelligence and Information Sharing

  • Interdiction and disruption

  • Long-term vulnerability reduction

  • Operational coordination

  • Physical protective measures

  • Planning

  • Public information and warning

  • Risk and disaster resilience assessment

  • Risk management for protection programs and activities

  • Screening, search, and detection

  • Situational assessment

  • Threats and hazards identification

Project Funding Types

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program offers two funding opportunities for projects: Urban Area and State (non-urban areas). The map and list below categories the Maryland jurisdictions into these two categories: A map depicting the State Area, Baltimore Urban Area, and National Capital Urban Area.  

State Area Funding

Allegany County

Calvert County

Caroline County

Cecil County

Charles County

Dorchester County

Frederick County

Garrett County

Kent County

Queen Anne's County

Saint Mary's County

Somerset County

Talbot County

Washington County

Wicomico County

Worcester County

Baltimore Urban Area Funding

Anne Arundel County

Baltimore County*

Carroll County*

City of Annapolis

City of Baltimore

Harford County*

Howard County*

National Capital Region Urban Area Funding

Montgomery County

Prince George’s County

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*The statistics for Montgomery County and Prince George’s County are not included in these totals as they are part of the National Capital Region.

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FY 2024 Application Documents

FEMA FY 2024 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

FY 2024 NSGP Investment Justification Template
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About NPS

The National Preparedness System (NPS) consists of six parts:

  • Identifying and Assessing Risk
  • Estimating Capability Requirements
  • Building and Sustaining Capabilities
  • National Incident Management System
  • Planning to Deliver Capabilities
  • Validating Capabilities
  • Reviewing and Updating

About NIMS

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) guides all organizations to work together to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from incidents.

Organizations applying for a grant under the NSGP are encouraged to adopt NIMS as it applies to their organization. The Maryland Department of Emergency Management is recommending the following virtual courses from the Emergency Management Institute be completed as part of the of adopting NIMS:

  • IS-800.b National Response Framework, An Introduction
  • IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
  • IS-100.b - (ICS 100) Introduction to Incident Command System