FY2023 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)

On February 27, 2023, DHS/FEMA released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the FY 2023 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). This grant provides $305,000,000 in funding for physical and cybersecurity 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.

The 2022-2026 FEMA Strategic Plan outlines three bold, ambitious goals in order to position FEMA to address the increasing range and complexity of disasters, support the diversity of communities we serve, and complement the nation’s growing expectations of the emergency management community. The NSGP supports FEMA’s efforts to instill equity as a foundation of emergency management (Goal 1), as well as promote and sustain a ready FEMA and prepared nation (Goal 3). We invite our stakeholders and partners to also adopt these priorities and join us in building a more prepared and resilient nation.


The 2023 NSGP has two components: 1) $152,500,000 for eligible nonprofit entities that are within designated urban areas, and 2) $152,500,000 for eligible nonprofit entities that are not within designated urban areas.


Below are instructions for applications for FY2023 NSGP:

  • Applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to be eligible

  • The maximum amount for an individual application is $150,000.

  • Applicants must only request funding for equipment/activities that are consistent with the allowable costs guidance listed on pp. 21-25 of the NSGP NOFO and in greater detail on pages C-1 to C-7 of the FY2023 FEMA Preparedness Grants Manual (please see NSGP appendix)

  • Applicants must submit their applications to the State Administrative Agency (SAA)/ Maryland Department of Emergency Management (MDEM) no later than Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at 11:59:59 PM EDT 


Organizations located in the Baltimore Urban Area (see list below) must submit their application package to grants.mdem@maryland.gov  with the subject heading:

23NSGP_UA_< County >_Application

Example 23NSGP_UA_Baltimore County_Application

Organizations located outside the Urban Area must submit their application package to grants.mdem@maryland.gov with the subject heading:

23NSGP_S_< County >_Application

Example 23NSGP_State_Washington County_Application

Organizations located in the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties - please submit your application to the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (DCHSEMA). The point of contact for NSGP at DCHSEMA is Cembrye Ross. She can be reached at cembrye.ross@dc.gov.


Baltimore UASI Area consists of the following Counties/Cities

Annapolis City

Anne Arundel County

Baltimore City 

Baltimore County

Carroll County

Harford County

Howard County


Application Package 

Applicants must submit the following three (3) documents to the SAA for a complete application.

  1. A completed FY20223 NSGP Investment Justification template (this is the application form)

  2. A “mission statement” described on pg. 20 of the NOFO [notice of funding], 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 Investment Justification 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 (see pg. 20 of the NOFO).


Nonprofit applicants must use the following naming convention for the application package documents submitted to the SAA: 

  • Investment Justification file name must follow this format:

    • Baltimore Urban Area (NSGP-UA):

      • "FY2023_NSGP_UA_MD__”; As an example, an application from an organization named ABC School would name their Investment Justification file "FY2023_NSGP_UA_MD_Baltimore_ABC School"

    • Outside Urban Areas (NSGP-S):

      • "FY2023_NSGP_S_MD_"; As an example, an application from an organization named ABC School would name their Investment Justification file "FY2023_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. 25-40 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 2023 and will issue the grant award to MDEM no later than September 30, 2023. 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)
Entities doing business with the federal government must obtain and use the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) created in SAM.gov. For FY2023 NSGP applicants, if you have a UEI, enter it in the FY2023 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 FY2023 NSGP NOFO.

Nonprofit organizations under NSGP will only be required to register in SAM.gov to obtain the UEI, but not a full registration. Further guidance on obtaining a UEI in SAM.gov can be found at  GSA UEI Update and here SAM.gov

This information and other relevant NSGP information will be made available on our website https://mdem.maryland.gov/. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.