Nonprofit Security Grant Applications Due June 1, 2022


SMYRNA, DE: Do you know a nonprofit organization in Delaware that may be interested in grant funding for security enhancements? Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status may be eligible to receive funding through the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). This federal grant program provides funding for physical and cyber security enhancements and other security-related activities to nonprofits that are at risk of a potential terrorist attack. The NSGP also seeks to integrate the preparedness activities of nonprofit organizations with broader state and local preparedness activities.

Application details

Eligible nonprofit organizations must apply through the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), who then applies to FEMA on behalf of the nonprofits. All application materials must be submitted to Mark Dworkin of DEMA at by 5pm on June 1, 2022. No applications will be accepted by DEMA after 5pm on June 1, 2022.

The application packet for NSGP must include the following documents:

  1. a completed Investment Justification
  2. a Mission Statement on letterhead
  3. a Vulnerability Assessment specific to the location/facility for which they are applying for funding
  4. Optional: Nonprofits may also submit supporting documentation with their application packet that further demonstrates the organization’s risk

Award details

Nonprofit organizations with one site may apply for up to $150,000 for that site. Nonprofit organizations with multiple sites may apply for up to $150,000 per site for up to three sites, for a maximum of $450,000 per nonprofit. The maximum award is $150,000.00 per project application. If a nonprofit organization applies for projects at multiple sites, regardless of whether the projects are similar in nature, they must submit a separate Investment Justification (IJ) and vulnerability assessment unique to each site.

DEMA Application assistance

FY22 NSGP information and resources, such as the FY22 NSGP Program Guide and Investment Justification, can be found under Nonprofit Security Grant Program in the Resources tab on DEMA’s website ( Additionally, self-assessment resources from the Delaware Information and Analysis Center (DIAC) and Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) are available on DEMA’s website to assist nonprofits with the completion of their vulnerability risk assessments.

FEMA Application assistance

FEMA is hosting an Informational Webinar Series for FY22 NSGP technical assistance. Additional NSGP information like the Notice of Funding Opportunity, resources, and registration for upcoming webinars can be found on the FEMA website (

For questions regarding the NSGP, contact Mark Dworkin (

DEMA Encourages Nonprofits To Prepare For Grant Opportunity

SMYRNA, DE: The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) encourages nonprofit agencies to begin preparing for the upcoming Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) application period. NSGP is a competitive grant program that provides federal funding for physical security enhancements to eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. The annual grant guidance is expected to be released in May 2022 with a short application period after.


As part of the application process, organizations will be required to submit a vulnerability risk assessment for their facility. The Delaware Information and Analyst Center (DIAC) and Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency have self-assessment resources available to assist nonprofits to complete this requirement. These resources can be found under Nonprofit Security Grant Program in the resources tab on DEMA’s website.


In FY2022, the Duns and Bradstreet Number will be replaced by a Unique Entity ID, a 12-character alphanumerical ID assigned to an entity through All applicants will be required to have a Unique Entity ID. If you are already registered in (active or not), your Unique Entity ID is viewable at If you are new to and will be registering for the first time, your Unique Entity ID is generated during registration. Please visit to learn more and register for your Unique Entity ID. 


Completing a risk assessment and registering for a Unique Entity ID can take time, so DEMA encourages interested nonprofits to begin the process now. Visit and for updates as they become available. Additional NSGP information and resources are available at:


Although the total award amount for the fiscal year 2022 is not yet known, Delaware was the recipient of nearly $1 million to support nonprofits in the fiscal year 2021.


For questions regarding NSGP, contact Mark Dworkin (


Delaware Announces Community Investment Recovery Fund for Delaware Nonprofits

Recovery Fund will provide funding for one-time capital projects in communities hard hit by COVID-19; Application for funding now available at 

WILMINGTON, Del. — Governor John Carney and Lt. Governor Hall-Long on Thursday announced the Community Investment Recovery Fund, which will provide nonprofits with one-time funding to support major capital projects in Delaware communities hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The application for funding is available now at Applications must be fully completed and submitted by November 30, 2021.

The Community Investment Recovery Fund is funded with $100 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). ARPA was championed in Congress by members of Delaware’s congressional delegation — Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester — and signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11.

“The American Rescue Plan is about rebuilding from the COVID-19 pandemic, and coming out of this crisis stronger than before. That’s exactly what this Community Investment Recovery Fund will help us do,” said Governor Carney. “This Recovery Fund will help support community centers and other nonprofits that are seeking to rebuild and strengthen the communities they serve every day. I want to thank President Biden and members of Delaware’s congressional delegation for making these resources available.”

“We rely on our nonprofits to care for and serve Delawareans, especially our most vulnerable residents every day. This has been especially true throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long. “This ARPA investment will provide critical support for our non-profits and community organizations that have stepped up every day to ensure Delaware families have the services they need.”

“The pandemic’s impact on our economy is far reaching, and nonprofits that work to fill the needs of our community need additional support to continue their critical work,” said Sens. Carper, Coons and Congresswoman Blunt Rochester. “We commend Governor Carney for directing American Rescue Plan Act funds to help these organizations who are vital to strengthening our communities.”

Governor Carney, Lt. Governor Hall-Long, and members of Delaware’s federal delegation have recently announced several investments funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which meet the goals of the legislation by:

  • Building a stronger, more equitable economy in communities hit hard by COVID-19.
  • Providing immediate economic stabilization for impacted households and businesses.
  • Addressing systemic public health, public safety, and economic challenges.
  • Meeting pandemic response needs.

This week, Governor Carney announced plans to invest $26.4 million in affordable housing in Wilmington, $50 million for jobs training programs statewide, and $50 million to build a modern Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill in Smyrna. 

In Bridgeville last month, Governor Carney announced a $110 million plan to provide universal wired broadband access for all Delaware homes and businesses. Delaware is aiming to become the first state to close every “last mile” with wired, high-speed broadband.

The Community Investment Recovery Fund announced on Thursday will provide support for major nonprofit capital projects statewide. 

Visit to learn more about how the American Rescue Plan (ARPA) is helping in Delaware


Nonprofit Security Grant Program Accepting Applications

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 through the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) which supports organizations that may be at risk of a terrorist attack.  Nonprofits that may qualify must apply to the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) by April 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm to be considered for funding.  Each individual nonprofit organization may be awarded up to a maximum of $150,000. DEMA is the State Administrative Agency for the Homeland Security Grant Program. 

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 real property (including buildings and 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 Numbering System (DUNS) is needed for application.  No applications will be accepted by DEMA after April 5, 2021.  Qualified applications will be forwarded to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and grant administrators at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will make the final determination of eligibility and award. 

DEMA will host a webinar for potential applicants on March 11th at 2pm to provide general information and answer questions. To register email Christine Beste at Complete qualification information and application packages can be found on DEMA’s website, Completed applications should be sent to Christine Beste at

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

Governor Carney Announces $25M Delaware Nonprofit Support Fund

State of Delaware partners with New Castle County to support service-related nonprofits statewide

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney and New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer joined leaders of Delaware nonprofit and philanthropy organizations on Wednesday to announce the $25 million Delaware Nonprofit Support Fund, which will support organizations that have provided critical services to Delawareans and Delaware families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizations that provide a range of important services are eligible for assistance under the Delaware Nonprofit Support Fund.

Eligible services include:

  • Homelessness and shelter assistance
  • Food assistance
  • Substance abuse counseling and services
  • Assistance for Delawareans who have lost employment
  • Domestic abuse services
  • Services for youth in crisis

“Nonprofit organizations across our state, their employees and their volunteers have stepped up for their neighbors and provided critical services throughout this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Carney. “In many cases, they saw increased caseloads and need extra support to assist Delaware families. The bottom line is this: Delaware could not get through this crisis without these committed service organizations. We owe them our support and our gratitude.”

The Delaware Nonprofit Support Fund is jointly funded by the State of Delaware and New Castle County, using federal allocations by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Nonprofits may receive reimbursement for basic operational expenses – such as assistance with cleaning supplies and funding for personal protective equipment – as well as reimbursement for increased caseloads. Grant levels will be awarded based on the nonprofit’s 2019 operating expense budget. The program excludes organizations that qualify for assistance under the $100 million DE Relief Grants program, administered by the Delaware Division of Small Business.

“COVID-19 has impacted thousands of people across all sectors in New Castle County, and our friends and neighbors who rely on assistance from nonprofits are among those hardest hit,” said New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer. “These grants will help those hardest hit by COVID-19 and enable us to continue to serve our friends and neighbors in need.”

Click here to rewatch the announcement.

Learn more about efforts to support Delaware workers and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Delaware nonprofits made dramatic changes to their operations without hesitation to ensure their clients had access to their services,” said Sheila Bravo,  President and CEO of the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA). “More than ever, Delawareans are relying on nonprofits to support them in these difficult times. This program to reimburse the expenses nonprofits incurred due to the pandemic will help these agencies continue making a positive impact. We appreciate the partnership with Governor Carney and County Executive Meyer in making these grant funds available.”

“We realize the value of all Delaware nonprofits,” said Michelle Taylor, President and CEO of United Way of Delaware. “Some are large and some are as small as one or two people. United Way of Delaware will work to ensure that every nonprofit—regardless of size—has equitable access to the available funds.”

“Our full goal is to get money to every nonprofit that qualifies,” said Stuart Comstock-Gay, President and CEO of the Delaware Community Foundation. “Nonprofit organizations have been playing a critical role in keeping Delaware going. Great work is being done, and this fund should help provide much needed help.”

“The philanthropic community believes in supporting a vibrant and sustainable nonprofit community,” said Vernita Dorsey, President of Philanthropy Delaware. “This critical funding from the State and County provides an essential resource to help nonprofit organizations respond to the COVID-19 crisis, and Philanthropy Delaware is proud to be a partner in this collaborative initiative.”

Anyone with a question about COVID-19, whether related to medical or social service needs, should call Delaware 2-1-1. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can text their ZIP code to 898-211. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Questions can also be submitted by email at

Report a business for COVID-19 non-compliance using this form

DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to