B - Readily funds technology as part of an award
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
The NSGP provides funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack. The program seeks to integrate the preparedness activities of nonprofit organizations with broader state and local preparedness efforts. The NSGP also serves to promote emergency preparedness coordination and collaboration activities between public and private community representatives as well as state and local government agencies.
The objective of the FY 2023 NSGP is to provide funding for physical security enhancements and other security-related activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack. The NSGP also seeks to integrate the preparedness activities of nonprofit organizations with broader state and local preparedness efforts.
Given the evolving threat landscape, it is incumbent upon DHS/FEMA to continuously evaluate the national risk profile and set priorities that help ensure appropriate allocation of scarce security dollars. In assessing the national risk profile for FY 2023, one area attracts the most concern:
- Enhancing the protection of soft targets/crowded places.
Likewise, there are several enduring security needs that crosscut the homeland security enterprise. The following are second-tier priorities that help recipients implement a comprehensive approach to securing communities:
- Effective planning;
- Training and awareness campaigns; and
Allowable NSGP costs include:
- Equipment - Eligible costs must focus on target hardening and physical security enhancements. This is limited to items in the following categories - (1) Category 14: Facility Security Enhancement Equipment, and (2) Category 15: Inspection and Screening Systems?. A comprehensive list of allowable equipment in these categories can be found in the DHS Authorized Equipment List (AEL) at: http://www.fema.gov/authorized-equipment-list.
- Construction and Renovation
- Maintenance and Sustainment
- Management and Administration (M&A) fees - Costs directly relating to the management and administration of IBSGP funds, such as financial management and monitoring. M&A costs may not exceed five percent (5%) of the total grant award.
History of Funding
The FY21 allocation for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program was $90,000,000.
The FY22 allocation for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program was $250,000,000. A list of state and Urban Area funding can be found here: https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_information-bulletin-476-fy222-award-announcement-gpd.pdf
The FY23 allocation for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program was $305,000,000. A list of state and Urban Area funding can be found starting on page 10 here: https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_grants_ib-490_fy23-award-announcement-preparedness-grants.pdf
Funds may not be used for:
- Planning, organization, exercise, operational overtime, and travel costs
- Hiring of Public Safety Personnel
- General-use Expenditures
- Overtime and Backfill
- Initiatives that do not address the implementation of programs/initiatives to build prevention and protection-focused capabilities directed at identified facilities and/or the surrounding communities
- Initiatives which study technology development
- Proof-of-concept initiatives
- Initiatives that duplicate capabilities being provided by the Federal Government
- Organizational operating expenses
Effective August 13, 2020, FEMA recipients and subrecipients may not use any FEMA funds under open or new awards to:
- Procure or obtain any equipment, system, or service that uses covered telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology of any system;
- Enter into, extend, or renew a contract to procure or obtain any equipment, system, or service that uses covered telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology of any system; or
- Enter into, extend, or renew contracts with entities that use covered telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any system.
Awards are made to State Administrative Agencies (SAAs). The SAA must pass through 100% of NSGP allocations to eligible nonprofit organizations.
Eligible nonprofit organizations must be: (1) Designated as a 501(c)3 agency; and (2) Determined to be at high risk of a terrorist attack by the Secretary of DHS. Applicants to NSGP-UA must also be located within one of the FY2023 UASI-designated Urban Areas.
SAA's are to apply to FEMA on behalf of state and local agencies by May 18, 2023, at 5 p.m. ET. Local deadlines vary based on state administration.
Up to $305,000,000 is available in total funding for FY2023. Of that amount, funding will be split across three applicant groups:
- NSGP-Urban Areas: Up to $152,500,000 will be available for applicants located in a designated Urban Area by DHS. Individual awards may be up to $150,000. A list of eligible urban areas is available to view on page 15 of the 2023 Program Guidance.
- NSGP-State: Up to $152,500,000 will be available for applicants not located in a designated Urban Area by DHS. Individual awards may be up to $150,000. A list of target allocations for each state is available to view on page 19 of the 2023 Program Guidance.
Cost sharing/matching is not required. Project periods will extend up to 36-months, starting September 1, 2023.
NOTE: Nonprofit organizations may not apply to FEMA directly. Nonprofit organizations must apply for FY 2023 NSGP through their SAA. A list of SAA points of contact is available at https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/state-administrative-agency-contacts.
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