Kristin Devoe
February 22, 2016


Competitive grant funding up to $75,000 per organization for target-hardening at risk sites for a terrorist attack

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) announces that it will be seeking Requests for Applications (RFA) for federal grant funding made available from the US Department of Homeland Security’s Fiscal Year 2016 Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Nonprofit Security Grant (NPSG) Program. There is $20 Million available nationally for organizations located within any of the designated UASI sites, one of which is located in New York State. (New York City UASI, which includes the five boroughs of the City, and the counties of Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester). Awards of up to $75,000 per organization will be made through a competitive process.


Commissioner John P. Melville said, “These funds will enhance the preparedness of high risk terrorist targets by providing vital funding essential to protect against acts of terrorism and keep our communities safe.”


UASI-NSGP provides funding support for target hardening activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack. While this funding is provided specifically to high-risk nonprofit organizations, the program seeks 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.




To be considered for funding, eligible organizations must:


  • Be designated as a nonprofit organization as described under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code);
  • Be located within New York City urban area which includes the five boroughs and the Counties of Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk
  • Be at high risk of a terrorist attack due to their ideology, beliefs or mission

Application Period


Applications must be submitted via the DHSES E-Grants system. All applications must be received no later than 11:59 pm on March 28, 2016.  Not all organizations are guaranteed funding.  Allocation decisions will be made by the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and based on need and impact and how well the applicant addresses the program requirements through their applications. Organizations who have not previously received funding may be eligible for a one point bonus during the scoring of their applications. Supporting documentation must be received as an attachment to the application.  Applications and supporting documentation received after the due date and time will not be considered. 


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