2018 Nonprofit Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Grant Program Application Period Now Open
Non-profit organizations that are at a high risk of terrorist attacks in Chicago and Cook County are eligible to apply for national security grants through a competitive grant program recently announced by the Grants Program Directorate/Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The Chicago Urban Area, to include the City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) and Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), encourage eligible applicants to apply for funding for security enhancements for nonprofit entities that are at high risk of terrorist attacks and located within the UASI-eligible urban areas. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides a total of $50,000,000 nationally to eligible 501(C) (3) organizations who are deemed at high risk of a potential terrorist attack. Eligible 501 (c) (3) organizations located in the Chicago Urban Area of Cook County and the City of Chicago may apply for funding up to $150,000.
The FY 2018 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) allocates funds based on risk analysis, effectiveness and integration with broader state and local preparedness efforts. NSGP funds focus on target-hardening activities. These funds may be used to purchase or install security equipment on property owned or leased by the nonprofit organization, specifically to prevent against the risk of a terrorist attack.
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), as the State Administrative Agency (SAA), will administer grants awarded to applicants in the Chicago Urban Area by the Grants Program Directorate/FEMA. The grant period is 36 months.
The NSGP guidance, application information and application materials are available at
Completed applications from eligible nonprofit organizations must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. CDT on Monday, June 11, 2018.
Eligible applicants should download the funding announcement FFY 18 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and FFY 18 Fact Sheet for more information. A completed grant application package must include the following 5 items:
- Investment Justification Application, with the Approved AEL Numbers included in the Target Hardening bottom section. Please save the IJ with the title as: NSGP_UA_IL_NAME of ORGANIZATION
- Vulnerability/Risk Assessment (any format deemed appropriate by applicant)
- Mission Statement (any format deemed appropriate by applicant)
- Attachment A1: Grantee Contact Information
- IRS Form W-9 or if not a 501c(3) then complete the Tax Exempt Organization statement
The NSGP guidance and information on how to submit the application documents can be found at https://www.illinois.gov/iema/ITTF/Pages/UASI-Grant.aspx