Urban Areas Security Initiative (UA) – Nonprofit Security Grant for Cook County nonprofits only

May 2, 2019

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), Illinois Terrorism Task Force, received an
announcement on April 12, 2019 from the Grants Program Directorate/Federal Emergency
Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, of a grant opportunity for nonprofit
organizations in one of the FFY 2019 UASI-eligible urban areas, including the Chicago
Urban Area of Cook County and the city of Chicago. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 UASI Nonprofit
Security Grant Program (NSGP) will provide a total of $50,000,000 nationally to eligible
501©(3) organizations who are deemed at high-risk of a potential terrorist
attack. (Note: The IRS doesn’t require certain organizations such as churches, mosques, and
synagogues to apply for and receive recognition under 501© (3). Such organizations are
automatically exempt if they meet the requirements of 501 © (3).)

Grants of up to $100,000.00* (*Reduced from FFY 18) will be awarded to eligible nonprofit
organizations through their State Administrative Agency (SAA) according to criteria that

  • Verification that applicant is located within one of the FY2019 UASI-designated Urban Areas
    (organizations that have a physical location within Cook County);
  • Identification and substantiation (e.g., police reports or insurance claims) of prior threats or
    attacks against the non-profit organization or closely related organizations (within or
    outside the United States) by a terrorist organization, network, or cell based on the
    applicant’s ideology, beliefs, or mission;;
  • Role of applicant non-profit organization in responding to or recovering from a terrorist
  • Symbolic value of a site(s) as a highly recognized national or historical institution that
    renders the site a possible target of terrorism;
  • Findings from previously conducted threat and/or vulnerability assessments;
  • Complete, feasible Investment Justifications that address an identified risk, including threat
    and vulnerability, and that build or sustain a core capability identified in the goal;
  • History of prior year funding under NSGP; and
  • Integration of non-profit preparedness with broader state and local preparedness efforts

IEMA, as the State Administrative Agency, will issue these competitive grants to applicants that
are approved by the Grants Program Directorate/FEMA. The period of performance is 36

The NSGP 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 nonprofit organization. Allowable equipment is
limited to two categories of select items on the Authorized Equipment List (AEL): Physical Security Enhancement Equipment (Category 14)—e.g., alarm systems, reinforced security doors,
barriers/fences—and Inspection and Screening Systems (Category 15)—e.g., walk-through
magnetometers or conveyor-belt x-ray systems to screen personnel and packages.

Security enhancements must be for the locations that the non-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 IJ is allowed and it must be for a physical address and
not a PO Box.

Certain costs for planning and training are allowed under this program only as described in the
Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Eligible applicants should download the funding announcement FFY 19 NSGP Notice of
Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and FFY 19 NSGP Fact Sheet and FFY 19 NSGP Key Changes for
more information. A completed grant application package must include the following 5 items:

  • FFY 19 Investment Justification (IJ), with the AEL Numbers included in the Target
    Hardening bottom section. Please save the IJ with the title as: NSGP_UA_IL_NAME of
  • Vulnerability/Risk Assessment (any format deemed appropriate by applicant)
  • Mission Statement (any format deemed appropriate by applicant)
  • Attachment A1: Applicant Contact Information (Must include Zip +4 digits)
  • IRS Form W-9 or if not a 501c(3) then complete the Tax Exempt Organization 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 Illinois.gov authentication
user name and password to get into the system. The create account link will assist your
organization in establishing a user name and password for the system. The GATA Grantee Portal
link will allow each organization to validate that your information is current as well as allow each
organization to complete the required Internal Control Questionnaire (ICQ).

  • Create Account
  • GATA Grantee Portal

Please make sure your organization’s FEIN#, DUNS#, and SAM accounts are all current and upto-
DUNS Registration
SAMS Registration

As always, IEMA is committed to assisting grantees through these new GATA processes. If you
have any questions or require any assistance please email iema.grants@illinois.gov or call IEMA’s
Chief Accountability Officer Phil Anello at 217-785-9890.

Complete applications from eligible non-profit organizations must be submitted no
later than 5:00 p.m. CDT, Monday May 13, 2019.

In order to submit item # 1 the Investment Justification (IJ), please click on the
following link:


Line 1: Enter ittf.grants@illinois.gov
Line 2: Enter sender’s email address
Line 3: Upload the IJ
Line 4: Click on “send it”

In order to submit items # 2-5 (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: ittf.grants@illinois.gov. Please title the subject line of the e-mail:

FY 2019 NSGP UA “Name of your Organization”

In accordance with program guidance, a review panel will evaluate all NSGP proposals submitted,
and the State Administrative Agency (IEMA), in coordination with the Urban Area Working Group,
will develop a rank-ordered priority listing of sites based on criteria established by the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security.

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