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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 June 2, 2017, from the Grants Program Directorate/Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, of a grant opportunity for non-profit organizations in one of the FFY 2017 UASI-eligible urban areas, including the Chicago Urban Area of Cook County and the city of Chicago.  The Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 UASI Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) will provide a total of $25,000,000 nationally to eligible 501©(3) organizations who are deemed at high-risk of a potential terrorist attack.
(Note: The IRS doesn’t require certain organizations such as churches, mosques, and synagogues to apply for and receive recognition under 501© (3).  Such organizations are automatically exempt if they meet the requirements of 501 © (3).)


Grants of up to $75,000.00 will be awarded to eligible non-profit organizations through their State Administrative Agency (SAA) according to criteria that include:

  • Verification that applicant is located within one of the FY2017 UASI-designated Urban Areas (organizations that have a physical location within Cook County);
  • Identification and substantiation (e.g., police reports or insurance claims) of prior threats or attacks against the non-profit organization or closely related organizations (within or outside the United States) by a terrorist organization, network, or cell based on the applicant’s ideology, beliefs, or mission;
  • Role of applicant non-profit organization in responding to or recovering from a terrorist attack;
  • Symbolic value of a site(s) as a highly recognized national or historical institution that renders the site a possible target of terrorism;
  • Findings from previously conducted threat and/or vulnerability assessments;
  • Complete, feasible Investment Justifications that address an identified risk, including threat and vulnerability, and that build or sustain a core capability identified in the goal;
  • History of prior year funding under NSGP; and​
  • Subject matter expertise to determine feasibility of proposed projects
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 36 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 (including buildings and improvements) owned or leased by the nonprofit organization.  Allowable equipment is limited to two categories of select items on the Authorized Equipment List (AEL):  Physical Security Enhancement Equipment (Category 14)—e.g., alarm systems, reinforced security doors, barriers/fences—and Inspection and Screening Systems (Category 15)—e.g., walk-through magnetometers or conveyor-belt x-ray systems to screen personnel and packages.

Certain costs for training of security personnel are also permitted. Allowable training topics are limited to the protection of critical infrastructure and key resources, including physical and cyber security, target hardening, and terrorism awareness/employee preparedness. Training conducted using NSGP funds must address a specific threat and/or vulnerability, as identified in the nonprofit organization’s investment justification (IJ).

Eligible applicants should download the funding announcement Funding Opportunity Announcement (NOFO) for more information.  A completed grant application package must include the following 5 items:

In addition, potential grantees are required to register and pre-qualify per the Grants Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) in order to be considered to receive an award from any State of Illinois grant making Agency/Department.  Each organization will need to create an Illinois.gov authentication user name and password to get into the system.  The create account link will assist your organization establish a user name and password for the system.  The GATA Grantee Portal link will allow each organization to validate that your information is current as well as allow each organization to complete the required Internal Control Questionnaire (ICQ).

Please make sure your organizations FEIN#, DUNS#, and SAM accounts are all current and up to date. 

As always, IEMA is committed to assisting grantees through these new GATA processes. If you have any questions or require any assistance please email iema.grants@illinois.gov or call IEMA’s Chief Accountability Officer Phil Anello at 217-785-9890.

Complete applications from eligible nonprofit organizations must be submitted no later than 12:00 p.m. CDT (noon), Friday  June 16, 2017.  The completed grant application package must be submitted electronically via e-mail to:  ittf.grants@illinois.gov.  Please title the subject line of the e-mail:

FY 2017 NSGP IL_CHICAGO_Name of your Organization

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 on criteria established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.​
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