Applying for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program

On February 27, 2023, FEMA released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the FY 2023 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP).  This grant provides $152.5M in funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements and activities to eligible nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack in Virginia.

The FY 2023 NSGP has two components:

         1) $152.5 Million for eligible nonprofit entities that are within designated urban areas (NSGP-UA);

         2) $152.5 Million for eligible nonprofit entities that are not within designated urban areas (NSGP-S).

If your nonprofit is in the 17 jurisdictions of Hampton Roads, you will be applying to the NSGP-UA (Instructions Below). Hampton Roads jurisdictions include: City of Chesapeake, City of Franklin, Gloucester County, City of Hampton, Isle of Wight County, James City County, City of Newport News, City of Norfolk, City of Poquoson, City of Portsmouth, Southampton County, City of Suffolk, Surry County, City of Virginia Beach, City of Williamsburg, and York County.

If your nonprofit is not located in the 17 jurisdictions of Hampton Roads, or more information, please see


Eligible organizations are registered 501c3 nonprofits or otherwise are organizations as described under 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and tax-exempt under section 501(a) of the IRC.

What type of entities/organizations are eligible to apply under NSGP?

What type of entities/organizations are not eligible to apply under NSGP?

Application Information

The maximum amount for an individual application is $150,000.

Applicants must only request funding for equipment/activities that are consistent with the allowable costs guidance listed in the NSGP NOFO and in greater detail on pages C-1 to C-7 of the FY 2023 FEMA Preparedness Grants Manual.

Applicants must submit the following three (3) documents to the appropriate regional SAA for a complete application:

1) A completed FY 2023 NSGP Investment Justification template. Hampton Roads Nonprofit applicants must use the following naming convention when submitting required documents for the NSGP-UA: “FY2023_NSGP_UA_ VA_HR_[Your Nonprofit Name]”


2) A “mission statement” described in the  NOFO, which explains the nature of the applicant organization’s purpose and mission.  This will primarily be used to validate the organization’s type identified in the IJ as either: Ideology-based/spiritual/religious; Educational; Medical; or Other.

3) A copy of the vulnerability/risk assessment on which the request in the application is based.

Application template must be saved in PDF format.

Applicants must include the organization’s Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) in the application template where requested if available at this time.

Note that applicants do not need to have a valid UEI at the time of application; however, they must have a valid UEI in order to receive a subaward.

Applicants must submit their applications no later than Friday, April 21, 2023  at 11:59:59 PM EDT to

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Applications Tips

FEMA has provided the following Key Application Takeaways based on the 2022 NSGP grant cycle that you may want to consider:

1- Duplicative applications: If you hire a grant writer, review their work. Limit copy and pasting between IJs if applying for multiple locations.

2- Administratively incomplete/insufficient: The FEMA-provided IJ must be submitted. Any incomplete package will not be reviewed by FEMA.

3- Unallowable/out of scope expenditures: Ensure that all requested expenditures align with the program rules and objectives.

4- Organizations applying on behalf of ineligible entities: Nonprofits may not act as a pass through for a government or profit-entity.

5- UEI number: While you can apply for NSGP without a UEI number, you MUST have a valid UEI number to receive any funding.

6- Threats/Risks/Vulnerability: Nonprofits must tie threats/risks to existing physical vulnerabilities. All must tie to terrorism or extremism.

7- Direct hiring of law enforcements/public safety officials is not allowed. Contract security CANNOT be sole sourced. 8- Misalign or unrealistic narratives, timelines, projects/activities: The IJ content and project goals should be logical, reasonable, and attainable.


Have additional questions?

Please contact Lisa Anderson at

VDEM will provide a virtual pre-application informational webinar: March 17, 2023 @ 3 PM.

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