Grants - FY 18 Nonprofit Security Grant

The Department of Homeland Security has released the FY2018 Nonprofit Security Grant Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Expanded guidance this year allows for eligible nonprofits in Alaska to apply through the Nonprofit Security Grant Program-State (NSGP-S) program. Under the NSGP-S the State of Alaska has been allocated $100,000 for statewide distribution that will be administered as subaward(s) by the program’s State Administrative Agency (SAA), the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHS&EM). Individual subawards are capped at $100,000 per program guidance. If feasible, projects may be partially funded to maximize the program’s benefit.

The FY 2018 NSGP provides funding support for physical security enhancements and other security activities (planning, exercise, and training) to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack. Historically, the NSGP has predominately focused on nonprofit target hardening projects. This year, nonprofits are encouraged to apply for additional costs including security training for all nonprofit staff, planning related costs, and exercises related cost, in addition to allowable equipment. The NSGP seeks to integrate the preparedness activities of nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack with broader state and local preparedness efforts. Please read the NOFO for further program guidelines.

Eligible nonprofit organizations 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) and are determined to be at high risk of a terrorist attack by the Secretary of Homeland Security.

Due to the timeline imposed by the Department of Homeland Security, complete applications must be received by DHS&EM by 6:00PM Alaska Time on Monday, June 11, 2018. This is to allow for the required State review and scoring process and to coordinate the federal submittal. Applications should be submitted via email to mva.grants@alaska.gov or fax to 907-428-7009. Email of the documents is the preferred method of submission. Postal mail submission is not recommended due the short application period. Information on the State’s review and scoring process can be found in the NOFO.

As part of the FY 2018 NSGP application each eligible nonprofit subapplicant must submit the following four documents to DHS&EM by 6:00PM Alaska Time on Monday, June 11, 2018
1. NSGP Investment Justification (IJ)
     Each sub-applicant, must develop a formal IJ that addresses each investment proposed for funding. Security enhancements must be for the locations that the nonprofit occupies at the time of application. The investments or projects described in the IJ must:
     • Address an identified risk, including threat and vulnerability, and build or sustain a core capability      identified in the Goal;
     • Demonstrate the ability to provide enhancements consistent with the purpose of the program and      guidance provided by DHS/FEMA;
     • Be both feasible and effective at reducing the risks for which the project was designed;
     • Be able to be fully completed within the three-year period of performance; and
     • Be consistent with all applicable requirements outlined in the NOFO.

2. Vulnerability/Risk Assessment
     Each sub-applicant must include its vulnerability/risk assessment on which the request in the IJ is based.

3. Mission Statement
     Each subapplicant must include its Mission Statement and any mission implementing policies or practices that may elevate the organization’s risk. Recognizing the impact an organization’s ideology, beliefs, or mission may have on their risk of potential terrorist threats, SAA’s will use the Mission Statement along with information provided in the applicant’s IJ in order to validate the organization type. The central purpose of the organization described in the Mission Statement will be used to validate the organization type identified in the IJ as one of the following: 1) Ideology-based/Spiritual/Religious; 2) Educational; 3) Medical; or 4) Other.

4. DHS&EM Signatory Authority Form

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 (SAM.gov). 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 (SAM.gov). It may take four weeks or more after submittal of the SAM registration before the registration is active in SAM. Please notify DHS&EM if your organization has a DUNS number, but does not have a SAM registration at this time.

For additional questions please contact the DHS&EM Grants Section by email mva.grants@alaska.gov or at 907-428-7000, toll-free 800-478-2337.

NAME/Revision ADOBE ACROBAT MICROSOFT WORD/EXCEL PUBLISH/REVISION DATE
2018 Nonprofit Security Grant Program Notice of Funding Opportunity PDF May 2018
2018 Nonprofit Security Grant Program Investment Justification (IJ)   EXCEL May 2018
DHS&EM Signatory Authority Form PDF WORD September 2010
2018 Nonprofit Security Grant Program PowerPoint Presentation   PPT May 2018
FY 2018 NSGP-S Prioritization of Investment Justifications PDF May 2018
FY 2018 NSGP Scoring Tool State Reviewer Final PDF May 2018
Fiscal Year 2018 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) Fact Sheet PDF May 2018
Fiscal Year 2018 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) PDF May 2018
Fiscal Year 2018 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) Key Changes PDF May 2018