Non-Profit Security Grant Program

FY23 NSGP applications are no longer being accepted since the application period has closed. 

FY23 NSGP awardees will be notified once DHS/FEMA approves the projects and gives clearance to notify awardees.  We anticipate getting clearance to notify awardees soon.  Applicants who are not selected for an FY23 NSGP award will also be notified of the decision.  

This website will be updated when we open the FY24 NSGP application period next year. 

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) provides federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) / Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for physical security enhancements and other security-related activities to eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist or other extremist attack. NSGP also seeks to integrate the preparedness activities of nonprofit organizations with broader state and local preparedness efforts. 

NSGP is a competitive federal grant program from DHS/FEMA administered through the North Carolina Dept. of Public Safety (NCDPS) / North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) in the state of NC.

There are two funding sources appropriated for nonprofit organizations:

1) NSGP - Urban Area (NSGP-UA): NSGP-UA funds nonprofit organizations located within FY 2023 Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)-designated high-risk urban areas, which is defined as the Charlotte Area in NC; and,

2) NSGP - State (NSGP-S): NSGP-S funds nonprofit organizations located outside of an FY 2023 UASI-designated high-risk urban area. Under NSGP-S, each state will receive a target allocation for nonprofit organizations in the state located outside of FY 2023 UASI-designated high-risk urban areas, which is defined as all locations outside the Charlotte Area in NC.

The following counties are considered part of the Charlotte Area UASI in NC for NSGP (Map of Charlotte Area UASI for NSGP):

Cabarrus Lincoln
Catawba Mecklenburg
Gaston Stanly
Iredell Union

FY23 NSGP-S total federal funding target allocation for NC: $4,500,000.

This is currently one of the highest FY23 NSGP-S total federal funding target allocations among all states in the nation, with only 3 states having a higher FY23 NSGP-S total federal funding target allocation than NC.

There is no FY23 NSGP-UASI total federal funding target allocation for NC or any other state.  All eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located in all designated UASI areas across the entire nation collectively compete for a total of $152.5 million federal funding. Eligible nonprofit organizations located in the Charlotte Area received a total of $450,000 in FY22 NSGP-UASI.

NSGP-S and NSGP-UA Subaward Cap Maximum Award: For FY 2023 for NSGP-UA and NSGP-S, eligible nonprofit sub-applicants with one site may apply for up to $150,000 for that site. Nonprofit 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 per state and funding source.

For example, a nonprofit organization with locations in multiple states may apply for up to three sites within each state, per funding source, for a maximum of six sites per state (three under NSGP-S, and three under NSGP-UA).

Primary Purpose: Target Hardening.  Some example projects include contracted security, fencing, lighting, cameras, security/reinforced doors, window treatments, communications equipment, security alarm systems, security plans, and staff training and exercises.

Eligibility: To be eligible for the FY 2023 NSGP, a nonprofit organization must:

    • Meet the description under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) of 1986 and be exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such code.
    • For NSGP-UA, be located within one of the FY 2023 UASI-designated high-risk urban areas (Charlotte area); for NSGP-S, be located outside of the FY 2023 UASI-designated high-risk urban areas; and 
    • Be able to demonstrate, through the application, that the organization is at high risk of a terrorist or other extremist attack.  

This grant provides up to $450,000 (3 locations per organization, $150,000 each) of funding support for target hardening and other security enhancements and activities to eligible nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack. The intent is to integrate nonprofit preparedness activities with broader state and local preparedness efforts. It is also designed to promote coordination and collaboration in emergency preparedness activities among public and private community representatives, as well as state and local government agencies.

On 2/27/2023 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released their FY23 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for NGSP, it can be reviewed on FEMA’s website at

NSGP Application Documents

 Deadline to receive applications at the State level is April 14th 5:00PM.

All applicants for both NSGP-S and NSGP-UA will need to fill out the FY 2023 NSGP Investment Justification Fillable PDF.  This is your application.  This fillable PDF must be submitted to no later than 4/14/2023 5:00PM.

Applicants should download the PDF form and then fill it out using free Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe Acrobat Pro, or comparable PDF program to utilize all functionality of the form. The form may not work properly if it is opened up in a browser instead of Adobe or comparable PDF program.

Applications must contain:

  • Vulnerability Assessment.  Link is from DHS/FEMA “FY23 NSGP Subapplicant Quick Start Guide”.  Follow the guidance in this link to complete the required vulnerability assessment.  There are no state-specific guidelines for vulnerability assessments for FY23 NSGP in NC.
  • Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). Go to to register.  Subrecipients do not need to have a valid UEI at the time of application but must have a valid UEI to receive a subaward.
  • NSGP Investment Justification (IJ). The IJ is the application form used to apply for NSGP.
  • Mission Statement
  • Supporting documentation related to actual incidents that have occurred at the location/facility, if applicable. Nonprofit organizations may include any proof of actual incidents that have occurred at the location or facility; this includes items such as police reports or photographs (include a brief description of the items you are submitting in your IJ). 

If you have any questions about the application process please contact

FY23 NSGP Public Webinar:

NCEM held a public webinar for FY23 NSGP on 3/20/23: Watch the Webinar

Purpose of the webinar is to provide information about FY23 NSGP and application process, as well as to answer questions from applicants. 

The webinar will be recorded and posted on this website for anybody who cannot attend.