Nonprofit Security Grant Program

Program Overview

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) provides funding support for security-related and physical security enhancements to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attacks due to their ideology, beliefs or mission.  The NSGP continues to be a nationally competitive grant program and promotes emergency preparedness coordination and collaboration activities between public and private community representatives, as well as state, local, and tribal government agencies.  Multiple funding allocations have been appropriated for nonprofit organizations located inside or outside of the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) designated urban areas.  For a listing of counties in the Denver UASI area, please see our Field Services page.  Counties within the Denver UASI area are Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Gilpin and Jefferson.

Under the Nonprofit Security Grant Program-State (NSGP-S), eligible states will receive a target allocation for nonprofit organizations located outside of UASI designated urban areas.


Eligible nonprofit organizations are those organizations described under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, Title 26 of the U.S.C., and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such code.

Allowable Use

NSGP allowable costs are focused on security-related activities. Funding can be used for security-related planning; exercises; training; contracted security personnel; and the acquisition and installation of security equipment on real property (including buildings and improvements) owned or leased by the nonprofit organization at the time of application.  Equipment is limited to two sections of items on the Authorized Equipment List (AEL): Physical Security Enhancement Equipment (Section 14) and Inspection and Screening Systems (Section 15).  To review these sections, please visit the FEMA website

Certain costs for training of nonprofit staff and members/congregants are also permitted. Allowable training topics are limited to the protection of critical infrastructure and key resources, including physical and cyber security, target hardening, and terrorism awareness/employee preparedness. Training conducted using NSGP funds must address a specific threat or vulnerability, as identified in the nonprofit organization’s investment justification (IJ) in the application process.

Grant Announcement

The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) provides announcements and related information through email distribution lists and shared announcements through various organizations.  Please visit the CO.EMgrants website for additional information on DHSEM contacts, deadlines and documents for this grant.