Grants - FY 18 Nonprofit Security Grant

The Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHS&EM) has received notice of a funding opportunity for eligible nonprofit organizations that are described under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (IRC) and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such code. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does not require certain organizations such as churches, mosques, and synagogues to apply for and receive a recognition of exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the IRC. Such organizations are automatically exempt if they meet the requirements of section 501(c)(3).

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) provides funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack. Security-related training courses and programs may also be eligible. For the federal fiscal year 2018 (FY18), Congress has appropriated additional funding for this program in FY18 and expanded eligible applicants to include those in Alaska. At this time specifics on the amount of funding Alaska will receive is unknown. DHS&EM anticipates receiving approximately $150,000.00 for projects throughout the entire State and at this time, individual awards are capped at $75,000 per program guidance.

The FY18 NSGP Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) has not yet been released, but the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is instructing applicants to review the FY17 NOFO and Investment Justification template for specifics on program priorities and eligible activities. The Investment Justification (IJ) serves as the majority of the “application” for the grant. DHS does not anticipate this year’s guidance and IJ to change substantially, but please beware the attached documents are not final.

Once the FY18 NOFO and IJ is released, the application period will be very brief. Those interested in applying should begin reviewing the attached NOFO and formulating responses to the questions in the IJ at this time.

DHS&EM is asking organizations that would like more information or intend to apply to send an email to to be added to a distribution list.

Applicants will also need a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. Applications can only be submitted with a current and valid DUNS number; pending DUNS numbers will not be accepted. Applicants must also register and/or maintain current status in the System for Award Management ( It may take four weeks or more after submittal of the SAM registration before the registration is active in SAM.

Once released, FY18 applications will be submitted to DHS&EM, who serves as the State Administrative Agency (SAA) for the grant. Investment Justifications will be evaluated and scored for funding per the DHS provided IJ Scoring Worksheet and submitted to DHS by DHS&EM.

Point of Contact: MVA Grants Section
(907) 428-7000
(907) 428-7009 Fax

2018 Nonprofit Security Grant Program PowerPoint Presentation   PPT May 2018
2017 Nonprofit Security Grant Program Notice of Funding Opportunity PDF   June 2017
2017 Nonprofit Security Grant Program Investment Justification (IJ) PDF Excel June 2017
2017 Nonprofit Security Grant Program Scoring Tool State Reviewer PDF   June 2017