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Nonprofit Security Grant Program

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About the Nonprofit Security Grant Program

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) is a competitive grant program intended to provide federal funding for physical security enhancements and other security-related activities to nonprofit organizations that are at risk of a terrorist attack. The NSGP seeks to integrate the preparedness activities of nonprofit organizations with broader state and local preparedness efforts.

Application (Notice of Funding Opportunity)


An eligible nonprofit organization that may apply for the NSGP-S or NSGP-UA grant under the NSGP notice of funding opportunity is:

  • 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; and
  • Able to demonstrate, through the application, that the organization is at high risk of a terrorist attack.
  • NSGP-S: Nonprofit organization must be located outside of Marion and Hamilton counties.
  • NSGP-UA: Nonprofit organization must be located within Marion and Hamilton counties.

Applicants should avoid any actual or perception of conflict between grant writers/consultants and contractors/vendors executing post-award activities. All vendors must be chosen through fair competition using proper procurement procedures pursuant to 2 C.F.R. 200.319 and 2 C.F.R. 200.320. This means grant writers/consultants cannot complete the Investment Justifications and then receive the work that is paid for using NSGP funds.

To apply for federal funding opportunities, a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number, as well as a current status in the System for Award Management (SAM) is required. It may take four weeks or more after submission for the registration to become active in SAM and an additional 24 hours for to recognize the information. This can be done online at

Be aware that all entities renewing or updating their SAM registration at are required to submit an original signed, notarized letter confirming the authorized entity administrator associated with the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number before the registration is activated.

Additional Information

Have questions? See the Grants Frequently Asked Questions page for initial help before submitting a support ticket.