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Urban Areas Security Initiative - Nonprofit Security Grant

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), Illinois Terrorism Task Force received an announcement on March 18, 2014 by the Grants Program Directorate/FEMA, U.S. Department of Homeland Security of a grant opportunity that nonprofit organizations in one of the FY 2014 UASI-eligible urban areas, including the Chicago Urban Area of Cook County and the City of Chicago, are eligible to apply for. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 UASI Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)will provide a total of $13,000,000 nationally to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations who are deemed at high-risk of a potential terrorist attack.

Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded to eligible nonprofit organizations through their State Administrative Agency (SAA) according to criteria that include:

  • Verification that the nonprofit organization is located within one of the designated FY 2014 Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI)-eligible Urban Areas;
  • Identification and substantiation of prior threats or attacks (from within or outside the United States) by a terrorist organization, network, or cell against the applicant based on their ideology, beliefs, or mission;
  • Symbolic value of a site(s) as a highly recognized regional and/or national or historical institution(s) that renders the site a possible target of terrorism;
  • Role of the applicant nonprofit organization in responding to terrorist attacks;
  • Findings from previously conducted threat and/or vulnerability assessments;
  • Integration of nonprofit preparedness with broader state and local preparedness efforts;
  • Complete, feasible Investment Justifications (IJs) that address an identified risk, including threat and vulnerability, and build or sustain a core capability identified in the National Preparedness Goal (NPG);
  • Not having received prior years' NSGP funding, and;
  • Risk Profile.

IEMA, as the State Administrative Agency, will issue these competitive grants to applicants that are approved by the Grants Program Directorate/FEMA. The period of performance is 24 months.

The NSGP funds must be used for target-hardening activities, which can be accomplished through the purchase or installation of security equipment on real property owned or leased by the nonprofit organization. Allowable equipment is limited to two categories of items on the Authorized Equipment List (AEL): Physical Security Enhancement Equipment (Category 14)--e.g., alarm systems, reinforced security doors-- and Inspection and Screening Systems (Category 15)--e.g., walk-through magnetometers or conveyor-belt x-ray systems to screen personnel and packages.

Eligible applicants should download the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and Fact Sheet for more information. Applicants may download the Investment Justification application and Attachment A1: Grantee Contact Information. In addition, a current IRS Form W-9 must be submitted with the application.

Complete applications from eligible non-profit organizations must be submitted no later than 11:59pm CDT Wednesday, April 30, 2014. They must be submitted electronically via email to: Please title the subject line of the email as:

FY 2014 NSGP IL_Chicago Area_Name of your organization

Thereafter, in accordance with program guidance, a review panel will evaluate all NSGP proposals submitted and the State Administrative Agency (IEMA), in coordination with the Urban Area Working Group, will develop a rank-ordered priority listing of sites based upon criteria established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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