Security Grant Funds Available for Nonprofits


Smyrna, DE – Do you know a nonprofit organization in Delaware that may be interested in grant funding for security enhancements?  Organizations with 501(c)(3) status may be eligible to receive funding from the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) which supports organizations that may be at high risk of a terrorist attack.  Nonprofits that may qualify must apply to the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) by March 20, 2020 at 5:00pm to be considered for funding.  DEMA is the State Administrative Agency for the Homeland Security Grant Program.  Each individual nonprofit organization may be awarded up to a maximum of $100,000. 

Eligible applicants must conduct a vulnerability assessment that demonstrates the organization is at high risk of a terrorist attack.  The grant application must include risks, vulnerabilities, and the proposed project intended to address/mitigate the identified risks and vulnerabilities.  Allowable projects should focus on security-related activities and physical security enhancements.  Funding can be used for security-related planning, exercises, training, contracted security personnel, and the acquisition and installation of security equipment on property (including buildings and building improvements) owned or leased by the nonprofit organization at the time of application.

Applying nonprofits must complete the application which includes an Investment Justification (IJ) document, mission statement, risk assessment, and other supporting documentation.  Additionally, a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number is needed for application.  No applications will be accepted by DEMA after March 20, 2020 at 5:00pm.  Qualified applications will be forwarded to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by April 15, and grant administrators at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will make the final determination of eligibility and award. 

Complete qualification information and application packages can be found on DEMA’s website, Nonprofit Security Grant Program Application.  To submit completed applications, or request further assistance, email

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Contact: Jeff Sands, Delaware Emergency Management Agency, 302-659-2211.