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2019 Nonprofit Security Grant Program

FEMA recently released the fiscal year 2019 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) Notice of Funding Opportunity. The FY 2019 NSGP will provide $60M for security enhancements and investments for nonprofits at high risk of terrorist attack. Nonprofit organizations must apply directly to their State Administrative Agency. In Massachusetts, this is the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) and our point of contact is Sonya Schey.

Please note that the Massachusetts application has opened and that applications are due on May 10, 2019 by 5:00 PM.

The FY 2019 NSGP Notice of Funding Opportunity and all related documents are available at: You may also wish to review the Frequently Asked Questions for Nonprofit Organizations document available at:

Below are some key changes from last year’s application:

  • There are 31 eligible urban areas for the NSGP-UA (down from 32 last year).
  • The maximum award under both NSGP-UA and NSGP-S is capped at $100,000 (last year the NSGP-UA had a maximum award of $150,000).
  • Nonprofits may apply for contracted security personnel as well as security-related training for employed or volunteer security staff. (The recipient must be able to sustain this capability in future years without NSGP funding but is not required to demonstrate ability to do so in the grant application.)
  • Ten bonus points will be added to the SAA score for nonprofit organizations that have never received NSGP funding under both NSGP-UA and NSGP-S (up from 1 point for NSGP-UA).
  • The NSGP-S Federal review will mirror the NSGP-UA Federal review process (previously NSGP-S was reviewed at the federal level on  the eligibility of the proposed investments).

Grant Related Resources:
Here are some additional resources to assist with application preparation:

Resources to assist with application preparation:

For additional information please contact:
Sonya Schey
Program Manager
Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security
Office of Grants and Research
Homeland Security Division
10 Park Plaza, Suite 3720
Boston, MA  02116
(617) 933-3532