Over $1 Million In Non-Profit Security Grant Funds Awarded To Improve Security, Resilience

News Release, Maryland Emergency Management Agency

Reisterstown, Md. (September 24, 2019) – The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) announced today that it will award $1,751,726 in federal Non-Profit Security Grants (NPSG) to local not-for-profit organizations throughout Maryland. These grants, which originate from the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA), fund ‘specific statutory eligible costs to include target hardening and other security enhancements and activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack.’

“We are very pleased that, in conjunction with these Maryland agencies, we have been awarded funds which will have a profound impact on improving the security of the State,” said Russell Strickland, MEMA’s Executive Director.

The NSGP is pivotal in the implementation of the National Preparedness System (NPS) as they support the development and sustainment of ‘Core Capabilities’. In order to execute each of the five mission areas outlined in the National Preparedness Goal, establishing and sustaining these Core Capabilities are essential. “The Non-Profit Security Grants will make a difference in these organizations’ physical protection,” continued Strickland. “What this program does is that it aligns broader State and local preparedness efforts with the prevention and protection activities of nonprofit organizations which are at an elevated risk of a terrorist attack.”

The program also aims to promote coordination and collaboration in preparedness activities among private community representatives, state agencies, and local government agencies. The following subrecipients and sub-award amounts are listed below:

NSGP-State: $150,000

  • Beth Sholom Congregation of Frederick, $42,000
  • Evangelical Reformed Church, $8,000
  • St. John Regional Catholic School, $100,000

NSGP-Urban Area: $1,601,726

Baltimore Area

  • Agudath Israel of Greenspring, Inc., $23,535
  • Bais Medrash of Ranchleigh, Inc., $58,800
  • Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, $90,000
  • Bas Melech Performing Arts Center Inc., $98,778
  • Beth Israel Mikro Kodesh, Inc., $72,382
  • Chabad Israeli Center of Baltimore, $100,000
  • Chabad of Harford County, $100,000
  • Chabad of Towson, $100,000
  • Chizuk Amuno Congregation and Schools, $98,891
  • Congregation Ohel Moshe, $98,950
  • Edward A. Myerberg Senior Senter, $100,000
  • Islamic Society of Annapolis, $100,000
  • Machzeiki Torah Congregation, $22,431
  • Mercaz Torah and Tefilah, $23,535
  • Oakland Mills Interfaith Inc., $59,359
  • Ohr Chadash Congregation, $100,000
  • Ohr Menachem Jewish Center, Inc., $50,000
  • Pikesville Jewish Congregation, $100,000
  • Suburban Orthodox Congregation Toras Chaim, $100,000
  • Temple Beth Sholom of Anne Arundel County, $98,110
  • The Rabbi Chaim Nachman Kowalsky Memorial, $6,955

DHS/FEMA will announce their intention to release the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the 2020 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) in early 2020.  The announcement is being sent in an effort to assist potential sub-recipients with preparing for the application process. The amount of funding available in NPSG in the Fiscal Year 2020 has not been officially released yet. In Fiscal Year 2019, there were $60,000,000 in NPSG funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements and activities to eligible nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack.

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency will notify the public when the NOFO is released and will provide guidance and technical assistance to potential sub-recipients throughout the process.

For more information on the NSGP, eligibility, and requirements, please contact Janet Moncrieffe by email janet.moncrieffe@maryland.gov & grants.mema@maryland.gov

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