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CJP Communal Security Infrastructure Grants

CJP has allocated significant funds in 2020 for physical security improvement grants for Jewish institutions in the Greater Boston area. We have begun to work with a number of day schools and preschools, and plan to expand to synagogues and other institutions over the course of the year. We invite you to visit this page again in the coming months and register for the JEMS (Jewish Emergency Management System) to receive regular updates on this and other security funding opportunities.

2020 Federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program

The Federal government has allocated $90 million for security enhancements and investments for nonprofits at high risk of terrorist attacks. Nonprofit organizations must apply directly to their State Administrative Agency. In Massachusetts, this is the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS). EOPSS has advised us that applications must be submitted by March 27, 2020.

The FY 2020 NSGP Notice of Funding Opportunity and all related documents are now available. In addition, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has released important guidelines relating to organizations applying within Massachusetts for these federal grants. We urge you to review the following documents:

You may also wish to review the Frequently Asked Questions for Nonprofit Organizations document.

Below are some key differences between the 2019 and 2020 application requirements:

  • For NSGP-UA and NSGP-S, bonus points for organizations that have never received NSGP funding are reduced from 10 points for FY 2019 to 5 points for FY 2020. Bonus points are added by FEMA not the SAA.
  • The total amount of funding allocated for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) increased from $60 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 to $90 million in FY 2020. Of that amount, $50 million is allocated to the NSGP-Urban Area (UA) program, which is consistent with the FY 2019 amount. Further, $40 million is allocated to the NSGP-State (S) program, which is a $30 million increase over the $10 million allocated to NSGP-S in FY 2019.

Grant Related Resources:

Here are some additional resources to assist with application preparation:

2020 Commonwealth Nonprofit Security Grant Program

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has just announced that it will accept applications to the Commonwealth Non-Profit Security Grant program with a submission deadline of January 31, 2020.

The Commonwealth Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s (EOPSS) Office of Grants and Research (OGR) will make available $1,435,000 in funding for nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organizations to assist places of worship, faith-based community centers, and other similar institutions to enhance facility safety and security. Authorized expenditures include access control, locks, fencing, lighting, video cameras, and other important physical security elements as outlined in the grant documents.

For details, please visit the Commonwealth Nonprofit Security Grant program website.

The Commonwealth has scheduled a conference call to provide additional information on Tuesday, January 14 (details below). 

Important Highlights

 AGF POSTED  Thursday, January 2, 2020
 Application Assistance
Teleconference (Optional)
 Tuesday, January 14, 2020 
 10:00 a.m.
 Dial up info:1 (425) 436-6346
 Access Code:  407869
 Application Due Date  Friday, January 31, 2020
 4:00 p.m.
 Award Notification  February 2020
 Performance Period (anticipated)*  March 2020 – June 30, 2020



Please note that nonprofits located within the Metro-Boston Homeland Security Region are not eligible to apply for this particular grant. That includes organizations in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, and Winthrop.

We are grateful for the work of our partners at JCRC, who have lobbied tirelessly for the creation and expansion of this grant program, which is designed to assist religious and cultural institutions in Massachusetts to improve their physical security infrastructure, as well as the overall safety and security of their communities. We encourage all eligible organizations to apply.