The Security Enhancements Countering Unmitigated Risk in New Jersey (SECUR-NJ) Grant Program

The Security Enhancements Countering Unmitigated Risk in New Jersey (SECUR-NJ) Grant Program provides a total of $1 million for eligible nonprofit organizations described under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 which have been determined by New Jersey’s Director of Homeland Security to be at high risk of terrorist attack and are located within one of the following nine counties: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Salem, and Warren. Full Press Release>

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Funding

For 2018, the total amount of funds under this grant program is $1,000,000. Individual grant awards will not exceed $50,000. All grant awards will be provided on a reimbursement basis. Awards will be allocated based on risk analysis, effectiveness, and integration with broader State and local preparedness efforts.

Eligibility

Nonprofit organizations described under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 which have been determined by New Jersey’s Director of Homeland Security to be at high risk of terrorist attack and are located within one of the following nine counties: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Salem, and Warren.  

Interested nonprofits must apply directly to the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP).

Allowable Expenditures

Allowable expenditures must focus on target hardening activities. Funding can be used for the acquisition and installation of security equipment, specifically to prevent and protect against terrorism. Equipment is limited to two categories of items on the US Department of Homeland Security’s Authorized Equipment List (AEL):

  1. Physical Security Enhancement Equipment (Category 14)
  2. Inspection and Screening Systems (Category 15)

The categories of the Allowable Equipment List can be found at www.fema.gov/authorized-equipment-list.

Please note that unallowable expenditures include management and administrative costs, training and exercise costs, and personnel costs.

Period of Performance

The period of performance for SECUR-NJ is twenty-four (24) months from the date of award notifications.

Application Process and Evaluation Criteria

Applications are reviewed for completeness, adherence to programmatic guidelines, feasibility, and how well the described expenditures address the identified risk.  

Applications are reviewed by OHSP and the Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force. Evaluation criteria include::

  • Verification the nonprofit is located within one of the nine eligible New Jersey counties;
  • Findings from previously conducted threat or vulnerability assessments;
  • Identification and substantiation of prior threats or attacks by a terrorist organization, network, or cell against the applicant based on the applicant’s ideology, beliefs, or mission;
  • Symbolic value of the site as a highly recognized regional, national, or historical institution that renders it a possible terrorist target;
  • Role of the applicant nonprofit in responding to terrorist attacks; 
  • Integration of nonprofit preparedness with broader state and local preparedness efforts; and
  • Complete, feasible investment justifications that address an identified risk, including threat and vulnerability, and build a core capability to mitigate that risk.

SECUR-NJ Resources

OHSP is available to address questions about the SECUR-NJ program and the application process. 



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