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​Non-Profit Security Grant Fund

Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program Awards (March 11, 2020 Posting)NEW

Important News for Applicants Receiving Awards NEW


Our review of applications received under the solicitation that was open from January 15 to February 14, 2020 has concluded, and $5 million in awards were made at the March 11, 2020 Commission Meeting.

If you did not receive an award from PCCD, please note that your organization may be eligible to apply for security funding through the PA Department of Homeland Security/PA Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).  Information about their grant program can be found HERE.

In the event funding becomes available again for the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program, PCCD will release another solicitation.  At this time, however, no funding has been allocated from the state budget for this grant program in FY20-21.  Please sign your email address up HERE for updates and notifications in relation to this grant opportunity. 

PLEASE NOTE: When the application period opens, the link to the electronic application form (generated by SurveyMonkey) will be posted at the top of this webpage.  


On November 7, 2019, House Bill 859 (or Act 83 of 2019) was signed into law, establishing a new program called the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).

Act 83 directs PCCD to administer grants to nonprofit organizations who principally serve individuals, groups or institutions that are included within a bias motivation category for single bias hate crime incidents as identified by the FBI's 2017 Hate Crime Statistics publication.  Applicants are eligible for security enhancements designed to protect the safety and security of the users of a facility located in the Commonwealth that is owned or operated by the nonprofit organization.

Eligible Applicants

Under Act 83, eligible applicants under this funding announcement must satisfy the following criteria:

  • The applicant must be a nonprofit organization based in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania which is designated as exempt as defined under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (Public Law 99-514, 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3)); and
  • The applicant must principally serve individuals, groups, or institutions that are included within a bias motivation category for single bias hate crime incidents identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in its 2017 Hate Crime Statistics Publication under the Uniform Crime Reporting program that can be found here:  The categories include:
    • Race/ethnicity/ancestry;
    • Religion;
    • Sexual orientation;
    • Disability;
    • Gender; and
    • Gender identity.

Funding Availability

Funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program is contingent upon funds appropriated by the General Assembly.  A total of $5 million has been appropriated to PCCD for grants under this Program in the 2019-20 fiscal year.  Future grant opportunities are dependent upon annual allocations from the General Assembly.  This program lapses on July 1, 2024.

Budgetary Amounts

According to Act 83 guidelines, eligible applicants may request a minimum of $5,000 up to a maximum of $150,000. Applicants requesting $25,001 to $150,000 will be required to provide non-state financial participation based on the size of the grant request.  Applicants requesting $5,000 to $25,000 in funding are NOT required to provide non-state financial participation for their grant. 

"Non-state financial participation" is the applicant's share of the total cost of the project.  Funding for the non-state financial participation can come from any source (e.g., fundraising dollars, federal or local government funds, etc.) except state funding.  The applicant must provide a match for the requested grant amount at the required percentage with non-state financial support.  In-kind matches (i.e., donations of goods, services or time instead of cash) do not satisfy the non-state financial participation requirement.  Previous expenditures for security enhancements are not eligible to satisfy the non-state financial participation requirement. 

Please see the following chart for the non-state financial participation requirements, which are based on the amount of state grant funding requested:

Budget Amount % Non-State Financial Participation Requirement Range of Cost to Applicant

Equal to or less than $25,000



Between $25,001 and up to $75,000

33% of the requested grant amount

$8,250 - $24,750

Between $75,001 and up to $150,000

50% of the requested grant amount$37,500- $75,000

NOTE: PCCD is not liable for any costs incurred prior to the start date of the award.

Eligible Projects and Expenses

Act 83 contains a list of eligible security enhancements designed to protect the safety and security of the users of a facility located in the Commonwealth that is owned or operated by a nonprofit organization.

Eligible expenses for security enhancements include the following allowable expenses:

  • Safety and security planning
  • Purchase of safety and security equipment
  • Purchase of security-related technology, which may include, but is not limited to:
    • Metal detectors
    • Protective lighting
    • Surveillance equipment
    • Special emergency communications equipment
    • Electronic locksets
    • Deadbolts
    • Trauma kits
    • Theft control devices
  • Safety and security training
  • Threat awareness and response training
  • Upgrades to existing structures that enhance safety and security
  • Vulnerability and threat assessments
  • Specialty-trained canines
  • Any other safety or security-related project that enhances safety or security of the non-profit organization

What Information Will I Need When Applying?

It is strongly recommended that you have the following information prepared BEFORE you fill out the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund application when the period opens:

  • Name and address of your nonprofit organization.
  • The nonprofit organization's Employer Identification Number.
  • The nonprofit organization's 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter or affirmation letter; or, if your organization meets the definition of a church as described in IRS Publication 1828 and claims an automatic exemption from applying for and obtaining recognition of 501(c)(3) status, a copy of the first page of your most recently filed IRS 990 form (Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax) OR a letter signed by the head of your organization stating that your organization does not have a 501(c)(3) determination letter from the IRS because you claim an automatic exemption for churches and are not required to apply for and obtain recognition of 501(c)(3) status (please scan and save as a .pdf document so that it can be uploaded).
  • A short narrative – can be a few sentences – summarizing why you are applying (i.e., statement of need, or laying out the problem) and how the items you are requesting are linked to solving that need or problem.
  • Any supporting documentation you may have for your narrative (saved as a .pdf document).
  • The list of eligible items requested and a budget breakdown (NOTE: If applying for more than $25,001, the applicant will need to provide a cash match and provide that in the budget request).

PLEASE NOTE: The application process will be in an electronic survey format (SurveyMonkey).  Applicants will NOT be utilizing PCCD's Egrants system for the initial application process. 

Overview of the Review Process

Once the application period opens, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by a Commission-established workgroup comprised of representatives of PCCD, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security.  The application period shall remain open for a 30-day window.  Applicants being recommended for approval will be taken before the Commission for its consideration.

Due to the high interest in the grant program and the limited availability of funding, priority consideration in the application review process may be given to those nonprofit organizations that indicate that their organization or membership was the victim of a hate-crime and clearly justified a credible hate-crime threat to their organization.  Geographic distribution of the grants may also be taken into consideration. 

Applicants receiving awards will be contacted by PCCD staff following the Commission meeting to finalize the award process.  Any eligible applicant that was reviewed and denied may revise and resubmit their application during any open application period.


If you have questions about this process, please email for assistance, or call 717-265-8448.  We will post a FAQ sheet to this webpage for commonly asked questions so please check back regularly for updates.

Please note that due to the competitive nature of these grants, PCCD staff are unable to answer questions about specific proposals.  Further, we cannot provide in-person presentations on this process at this time.

Frequently Asked Questions

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