NSGP Grant

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) provides funding to organizations, as described under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, at high risk of terrorist attacks and located within designated areas of New Jersey.

Eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations must utilize funding for the purchase and installation of security equipment on property owned or leased by the nonprofit organization. Equipment is limited to select items contained within categories 14 and 15 on FEMA's Authorized Equipment List; they include CCTV, card access readers, blast film, lighting, fencing, and bollards.

This federal program consists of two (2) grant funding opportunities based upon the applicant’s geographic location as described below:

NSGP-UA:  This program is limited to nonprofit organizations located within designated areas of New Jersey (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Monmouth, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Union Counties).

NSGP-S:  This program is limited to nonprofit organizations located within designated areas of New Jersey (Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Salem and Warren Counties).

As a condition of accepted funds, the nonprofit organization must complete the Environmental and Historical Preservation Screening Form, which the federal government requires.



The “open application period” for the federal NSGP-UA and NSGP-S is open from April 15, 2019 through 11:59 PM, May 10, 2019.  Given the competitive nature of this grant program, it is important to follow all instructions.  Failure to follow instructions may result in scoring reduction or disqualification.  

DHS will be assigning 10 bonus points to applicants who have not received NSGP funding in the past. In a recent notice, DHS is allowing funding to support both target hardening measures and hiring of security personnel. Contracted security personnel are considered an eligible expense as described in the FY 2019 NSGP Notice of Funding Opportunity and the Preparedness Grants Manual. These costs should be classified as organization costs. Sub-recipients may not use NSGP funding to hire full or part-time employees that will be placed on a nonprofit's payroll. NSGP awards are subject to the same provision of law that limits the use of no more than 50 percent of an award for personnel activities unless a waiver is approved by FEMA, as required by the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended by the PRICE of Homeland Security Act. Nonprofit organizations that apply for and are awarded NSGP funds for contracted security personnel must count such costs towards the nonprofit organization's 50% personnel cap. FEMA will review an applicant's contracted security costs at time of award and anticipates waiving the personnel cap, where necessary, as a term and condition of the award. 

Furthermore, applicants seeking to fund multiple sites are required to submit an application for each site legally owned/leased and the cumulative total for all submissions by one organization under the same DUNS number cannot exceed the maximum requested amount listed below.

  • Applications for the NSGP-UA can only be submitted via email to UASI.NSGP@njohsp.gov.  The maximum dollar amount applicants can request is $100,000.

  • Applications for the NSGP-S can only be submitted via email to SHSP.NSGP@njohsp.gov. The maximum dollar amount applicants can request is $75,000.   

Note: you will receive an email acknowledgement of your application submission.  If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please resubmit your application.  Given the anticipated volume of applications, it is advisable to submit your application well before the May 10, 2019.

Whether you are applying for the NSGP-UA or NSGP-S, each will require the following:

  • Investment Justification which serves as your application

  • Vulnerability Risk Assessment (VRA)

  • IRS 501(c)(3) Letter


NOTE: Eligible recipients who plan to apply for this funding opportunity, but who have not obtained a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, should take immediate action to obtain a DUNS Number. 

Information on obtaining a DUNS number is available at: fedgov.dnb.com/webform.

NOTE: SAM registration is no longer required.



Any questions about the program can be directed to: dfields@njohsp.gov


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