Non-Profit Security Grant Fund
The Non-Profit Security Grant Fund program is now accepting applications via SurveyMonkey for nonprofit organizations who principally serve individuals, groups or institutions that are included within a bias motivation category for single bias hate crime incidents. Applications for the first round of funding must be submitted by 11:45 PM on February 14, 2020.
Non-Profit Security Grant Fund Application Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NonProfitSecurity
The following links include a PDF version of the application in SurveyMonkey and budget detail spreadsheets that are based on the requested amount. Questions regarding this application can be sent to RA-CD-NPSEC-GRANT@pa.gov. A full list of questions and answers can be found at the bottom of this page. Please note that due to the competitive nature of these grants, PCCD staff are unable to answer questions about specific project proposals.
Non-Profit Security Grant Fund Application (PDF)
Budget Template $25,000 or less (EXCEL | PDF)
Budget Template $25,001 to $75,000 (EXCEL | PDF)
Budget Template $75,001 to $150,000 (EXCEL | PDF)
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.
The following webpage provides initial information on who is eligible to apply for these funds; the availability of funds; eligible projects and expenses; what information you will need when applying; and an overview of the review process.
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: https://ucr.fbi.gov/hate-crime/2017. The categories include:
- Sexual orientation;
- Gender; and
- Gender identity.
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.
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|
to or less than $25,000
$25,001 and up to $75,000
33% of the requested grant amount
$8,250 - $24,750
$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
- 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 (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
Applications will be 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.
Due to the possibility that there may be high interest in this grant program and the limited availability of funding, priority consideration in the application review process may be given to those nonprofit organizations that clearly justify a credible and immediate threat.
The initial set of awards will be considered at the March 11, 2020 Commission meeting. At that time, the Commission will officially approve all awards. Applicants receiving awards will be contacted by PCCD staff following that 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 the full $5 million in available funding is not completely awarded, PCCD will open an additional application period in 2020.
If you have questions about this process, please email RA-CD-NPSEC-GRANT@pa.gov 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