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Nonprofits Encouraged to Prepare Early for Federal Security Grants

New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness advises nonprofit organizations seeking grant opportunities to begin preparing their applications for the competitive federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program.

Funding provided through the NSGP assists eligible 501(c)(3) organizations at high risk of experiencing a terrorist attack. Applicants are encouraged to start now by updating or completing the vulnerability risk assessment and devising emergency preparedness plans. This will help for timely submission of all required materials during the application period, which will be announced early spring 2022. Visit NJOHSP’s website at njohsp.gov for updates as they become available.

“An important part of NJOHSP’s homeland security strategy is to provide organizations throughout New Jersey the resources they need to keep their communities resilient and secure,” said NJOHSP Acting Director Laurie R. Doran. “The NSGP offers invaluable funding assistance toward supporting various security enhancements that protect residents, workers and visitors.”

Designated as the State Administrative Agency for New Jersey, NJOHSP annually receives funds appropriated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Although the total award amount for federal fiscal year 2022 is not yet known, New Jersey was the recipient of over $15 million in 2021. With higher participation levels, there is potential for an equal or greater award during the upcoming federal grant cycle. Based upon federal requirements and individual risk profiles, subrecipients may receive up to $100,000 for target hardening measures.

The NSGP awards grant funding to purchase and install select security equipment; pursue investments in the areas of training, exercise and planning that grow preparedness measures; and the hiring of security personnel with certain restrictions and requirements.

The program consists of two grant funding opportunities based on the applicant’s geographic location. Eligible nonprofit organizations located in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Monmouth, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Union counties are eligible to apply for the NSGP-Urban Area grant funding opportunity. The NSGP-State grant funding opportunity is limited to nonprofit organizations in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Salem and Warren counties.

Eligible nonprofit organizations are described under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
An applicant workshop video and presentation, frequently asked questions and additional information regarding the NSGP are available on NJOHSP’s grant webpage at njohsp.gov/grants/nsgp.

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