WEM administers a federal grant that Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers each year called the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). The NSGP provides funding support to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack. If this description fits your organization, please read the information below to learn how last year’s (FY19) grant program worked and what the nationally competitive grant application requires.

NSGP allowable costs are focused on security-related activities. Funding can be used for security-related planning; exercises; training; contracted security personnel; and the acquisition and installation of security equipment on real property (including buildings and improvements) owned or leased by the nonprofit organization at the time of application. Equipment is limited to two sections of items on the Authorized Equipment List (AEL): Physical Security Enhancement Equipment (Section 14) and Inspection and Screening Systems (Section 15). Certain costs for training of nonprofit staff and members/congregants are also permitted. Allowable training topics are limited to the protection of critical infrastructure and key resources, including physical and cyber security, target hardening, and terrorism awareness/employee preparedness. Training conducted using NSGP funds must address a specific threat or vulnerability, as identified in the nonprofit organization’s investment justification (IJ).

FEMA published a bundle of documents to explain this grant opportunity. Each of the following documents contains useful information:

WEM is providing the following instructions, timelines, and highlights from FEMA’s documents to make it easier for organizations to submit an application to WEM for consideration and possible inclusion in the federal grant application for this NSGP. The NSGP NOFO Summary provides the State of Wisconsin specific instructions.

FEMA has not yet released information on the FY20 grant process. If you would like to be added to an email contact list to learn about the competitive grant opportunity when it is available, please send your contact information to . Include your name, phone number, email, as well as the name of your agency.


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