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Maryland Emergency Management Agency
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 NSGP is to provide funding for physical and cyber 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
In FY21, $7,728,627 in federal Non-Profit Security Grants (NPSG) funding was awarded to local not-for-profit organizations throughout Maryland. A list of recipients can be viewed at: https://news.maryland.gov/mema/2021/08/09/mema-awards-more-than-7-7-million-in-security-grants-to-maryland-nonprofits/
In FY22, $8,771,435 in federal Non-Profit Security Grants (NPSG) funding was awarded to local not-for-profit organizations throughout Maryland. A list of recipients can be viewed at: https://news.maryland.gov/mdem/2022/08/30/state-of-maryland-provides-security-grant-funding-to-nonprofits/
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.
Eligible applicants are Maryland nonprofit organizations 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.
Applications are to be submitted by April 26, 2023. The Maryland Department of Emergency Management must then apply to FEMA on behalf of state and local agencies by May 18, 2023. A similar timeline is anticipated annually.
Funding will be split across two applicant groups:
- NSGP-Urban Areas: NSGP-UA funds nonprofit organizations located within FFY 2023 Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)-designated urban areas. In Maryland, the UASI-designated area is the Baltimore Area.
- NSGP-State: Under NSGP-S, each state will receive a target allocation for nonprofit organizations located outside of FFY 2023 UASI-designated urban areas.
Nonprofit organizations with one site may apply for up to $150,000 for that site. Sub-applicants with multiple sites may apply for up to $150,000 per site, for up to three sites, for a maximum of $450,000 per sub-applicant.
Cost sharing/matching is not required. Project period is 36 months beginning October 1, 2023.
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