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Illinois Not-for-Profit Security Grant Program (NSGP-IL)

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA)/Illinois Terrorism Task Force announces the Fiscal Year 2023 Illinois Not-for-Profit Security Grant Program (NSGP-IL) $150,000 to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations located in Illinois who are deemed at high-risk of a terrorist attack by a terrorist organization, network or cell. NSGP-IL seeks to integrate the preparedness activities of not-for-profit organizations with broader state and local preparedness efforts.

Grants of up to $150,000.00 will be awarded to eligible not-for-profit organizations through IEMA according to criteria that include:

  • State verification that the not-for-profit organization is a 501(c)(3) is located within Illinois;
  • The location of the Project, as identified by the Applicant during the application process, shall be in the State of Illinois and shall remain located in the State for a minimum of 5 years after the end of the grant performance period;
  • Identification and substantiation of current or persistent 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, and/or mission as: 1) an ideology-based/spiritual/religious; 2) educational; 3) medical; or 4) other not-for-profit entity;
  • Symbolic value of the 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 not-for-profit organization in responding to or recovering from terrorist attacks;
  • Findings from previously conducted threat and/or vulnerability assessments;
  • Integration of not-for-profit preparedness with broader state and local preparedness efforts;
  • Complete and feasible application for each site that addresses an identified risk unique to that site, including the assessed threat, vulnerability, and consequence of the risk, and proposes building or sustaining a core capability;
  • Proposed projects for the Grant Performance Period cannot be listed or claimed, in part or in whole, under any previous or current Federal grant or current grant application; and
  • History of prior funding under Federal NSGP.

NSGP-IL Maximum Award - Eligible applicants with one site may apply for up to $150,000 for that site. Applicants with multiple sites may apply for up to $150,000 per site, for up to three sites, for a maximum of $450,000 per applicant. If an applicant applies for projects at multiple sites, regardless of whether the projects are similar in nature, it must include an assessment of the vulnerability and risk unique to each site. Failure to do so may be cause for rejection of the application.

IEMA will issue these competitive grants to applicants that are approved by IEMA. The period of performance is 36 months.

NSGP-IL 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 not-for-profit organization. Allowable equipment is limited to four categories of select items on the AEL Listing NSGP IL 1) Physical Security Enhancement Equipment (Category 14), e.g., alarm systems, reinforced security doors, barriers/fences, 2) Inspection and Screening Systems (Category 15), e.g., walk-through magnetometers or conveyor-belt x-ray systems to screen personnel and packages,  3) AEL 06CP-01-PORT Handheld Radios, and 4) 03OE-03-MEGA Public Warning Systems.

Contract Security Personnel is also eligible. Equipment to support contracted security is not allowable.

Training costs are allowed under this program only as described in the Notice of Funding Opportunity.  Allowable training activities are active shooter training and evacuation and security training for employees.

The Applicant may request up to 5% of the total grant award for management and administration costs.  Such management and administration costs shall be included in the requested grant award amount, rather than in addition to the requested amount.

Security enhancements must be for the locations that the not-for-profit occupies at the time of the application, and the projects must be fully completed during the three-year performance period. In addition, only one facility per Application is allowed and it must be for a physical address and not a PO Box. Also, each organization is limited to $450,000 (maximum of 3 applications) for the cumulative total of all Application submissions.

A completed grant application package must include the following 6 items:

  1. NSGP-IL Application with AEL Numbers included in the Target Hardening bottom section. Please save the Application with the title as: NSGP_IL_2023_NAME OF ORGANIZATION
  2. Vulnerability/Risk Assessment (Conducted by experienced security, law enforcement, or military personnel within the last 3 years, or since the most recent security improvements-any format deemed appropriate by applicant)
  3. Mission Statement (any format deemed appropriate by applicant)
  4. Attachment A Application Contact Information (Must include Zip + 4 digits)
  5. IRS W-9 Form
  6. Tax-Exempt Organization Statement

Eligible applicants should download the funding announcements: SFY23 NSGP-IL Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), for more information. A completed grant application package must include the following six items:

1.    SFY 23 NSGP-IL Application with AEL numbers included in the Target Hardening bottom section. Please save the Application with the title as:


2.    Vulnerability/Risk Assessment (any format deemed appropriate by applicant)

3.    Mission Statement (any format deemed appropriate by applicant)

4.   SFY23 NSGP IL Attachment A1 Grantee ContactInformation spreadsheet (Must include Zip + 4 digits)

5.    IRS W-9 Form

6.    Tax Exempt Org Statement


Potential grantees are required to register and pre-qualify per the Grants Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) in order to be considered for an award from any State of Illinois grant making agency/department. Each organization will need to create an authentication username and password to get into the system. The create account link will assist organizations in establishing a username and password for the system. The GATA Grantee Portal link will allow each organization to validate that its information is current as well as allow each organization to complete the required Internal Control Questionnaire (ICQ).

Please make sure your organization’s FEIN#, UEI#, and 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 or call IEMA’s Chief Accountability Officer Myong-Ae Kim at 217-785-9890.

Complete applications from eligible not-for-profit organizations must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. CDT on January 16, 2023.

In order to submit items #1-6 (IL NSGP Application, Vulnerability/Risk Assessment, Mission Statement, Grantee Contact Info, and IRS forms) in the grant application package, please send an e-mail with those attachments to Please title the subject line of the e-mail:

SFY 2023 NSGP-IL “Name of your Organization"

In accordance with program guidance, a review panel will evaluate all NSGP-IL Applications submitted, and in coordination with the subject matter experts, will develop a rank-ordered priority listing of sites based on criteria established by IEMA.