Certain nonprofits that can demonstrate their risk of terrorist attack may qualify for the federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program. PHOTO: Wisconsin Emergency Management.

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) is announcing the grant application period is now open for nonprofit organizations that may be at risk of a terrorist attack due to their ideology, beliefs, or mission. 

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) is a federal grant administrated by WEM that provides support for nonprofit organizations that are operating a facility in Wisconsin and meet certain criteria. This funding opportunity can be used on security-related activities, such as planning, exercises, training, contracted security personnel, and the acquisition and installation of security equipment.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that their nonprofit organization is at risk for a terrorist attack due to ideology, beliefs, or mission. They must also be able to provide a written vulnerability/risk assessment that identifies security gaps within their organization, along with detailed information about the specific threats, the vulnerabilities that exist and the potential consequences if action is not taken.

The deadline to apply for the 2023 NSGP is Tuesday, April 18, 2023. FEMA and WEM guidance for the grant opportunity, including application requirements, are available online at https://dma.wi.gov/DMA/wem/grants/nonprofit-security-grant.

WEM staff will hold informational webinars for organizations interested in applying on the following dates:

  • March 14 at 11:00 a.m.
  • March 21 at 11:00 a.m.
  • March 28 at 11:00 a.m.
  • April 5 at 11:00 a.m.

Nonprofit organizations interested in participating in the grant opportunity or that would like more information can contact Garrison Ledbury at garrison.ledbury@widma.gov or register to receive additional updates at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIDMA/signup/14269.