Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)
FEMA’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program provides funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements and activities to 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.
Organizations located in Baltimore City or Baltimore County can send their applications, as well as any questions, to email@example.com. Organizations in Washington DC or in Montgomery County should submit their applications by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and Cembrye.Ross@dc.gov. Organizations based outside of the Baltimore or DC urban areas should email their applications to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: For fiscal year 2023, applications through the Maryland State government must be submitted by 11:59 ET on Wednesday, April 26, 2023. Applications through the Washington, DC government must be submitted by 11:59 ET on Friday, April 21, 2023.
Hate Crimes Grant (HCG)
In addition to the PAHC program (which is allocated by the Governor’s Office), schools can apply for Hate Crime Grants awarded by the State-funded Maryland Center for School Safety. Hate Crimes Grant (HCG) is a competitive grant awarded to schools deemed to be at risk of hate crimes or attacks to provide security-related technology and security-related facility upgrades.
NOTE: For Fiscal Year 2024, applications must be submitted by 5 pm on Monday July 31, 2023.
The Notification of Funding Availability (NOFA) can be found here
Relevant information, as well as the online application form, can be found here
Questions may be directed to Gifty Quarshie, Fiscal and Grants Analyst, at MCSS.MCSS@maryland.gov
Nonpublic Aging Schools Program (NASP)
The Senator James E. “Ed” DeGrange Nonpublic Aging Schools Program provides grants for renovations and improvements to existing nonpublic school buildings. The school buildings must have been constructed and occupied prior to January 1, 2006 to meet the age requirement. Nonpublic schools eligible for participation in the Maryland Aid to Nonpublic Schools Program for the purchase of textbooks or computer hardware and software for loan to students, and nonpublic schools that serve students with disabilities through the Nonpublic Placement Program, are eligible for funding. Please note that preschools are not eligible for this grant.
All of the info regarding timeline, administrative procedures, and any other particulars of this program can be found by clicking here.
Deadline: For Fiscal Year 2022, the application deadline is Friday, January 27, 2022.
Additional Dates: For Fiscal Year 2021, construction must be under contract by 6/30/2022, and reimbursement requests must be submitted by 3/31/2023. For Fiscal Year 2022, construction must be under contract by 3/30/2023 reimbursement requests must be submitted by 3/31/2024.
Additional State Grants
Active grant opportunities offered by the Maryland Department of Education will be displayed by the Office of Grant Administration. See here for additional grant opportunities.
Protecting Against Hate Crimes Grant (PAHC) and Emergency Assistance to Secure Against Hate Crimes Grant (SAHC)
The primary purpose of the Protecting Against Hate Crimes Grant Program (PAHC) is to provide support to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, including faith-based organizations, with facilities and membership that can be targeted for a hate crime to provide security enhancements. These efforts support the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Protective Services’ objective of developing criminal justice and victim services strategies that are coordinated by developing a culture of collaboration, information sharing, and knowledge transfer between law enforcement, victim services and communities targeted for hate crimes. Grants provide funding for equipment, software purchases, and physical security enhancements. Please note that eligible entities may only submit one application.
The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), which includes helpful information and contacts, can be found here
UPDATE: The Governor’s Office has authorized an extra round of PAHC funding for FY 2024, termed the Emergency Assistance to Secure Against Hate Crimes (SAHC) Grant Program. Submissions are due by Wednesday, January 10, 2024. More information may be found here.
NOTE: You can create a Grant Management System account here.
Community Safety Works
The Facility and Community Improvement Grant, administered by Maryland’s Department of Housing as part of the Community Safety Works initiative, is a safety grant for tax-exempt nonprofit organizations including faith-based organizations. Qualifying improvements include physical improvements and/or safety services for a facility and adjacent grounds. (Additional qualifying improvements include improving community-managed open spacs and/or establishing community-led cleaning and greening activities.)
Instructions and the application portal can be found here.
Deadline: The grant deadlines are expected to be released in early 2024.
Nonpublic School Safety Grants (NPSI)
The Maryland General Assembly is providing $3.5 million in fiscal year 2022 in grants for safety improvements to existing nonpublic school buildings. Nonpublic schools eligible for participation in the Maryland Aid to Nonpublic Schools Program for the purchase of textbooks or computer hardware and software for loan to students, and nonpublic schools that serve students with disabilities through the Nonpublic Placement Program, are eligible for funding.
The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) detailing the requirements and particulars of the program, application details, and useful contact information, may be found here.
Deadline: For Fiscal Year 2023, the application deadline is Friday, January 13, 2023.