Call for Applications – Nonprofit Security Grant Program

East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWG) and the St. Louis Area Regional Response System (STARRS) are accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) from eligible nonprofit organizations in the St. Louis Urban Area (UA).  The St. Louis Urban Area includes the city of St. Louis and Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles, and St. Louis counties in Missouri and Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair counties in Illinois.

Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on May 13, 2019.


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s NSGP UA provides funding support for physical security enhancements and other security related activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack. The NSGP UA program seeks to integrate the preparedness activities of nonprofit organizations with broader state and local preparedness efforts.

The FY 2019 NSGP objectives are to support efforts that:

  • Build and sustain core capabilities
  • Strengthen governance integration between private nonprofit entities and Federal, state, and local governments
  • Encourage a whole community approach to security and emergency management

Eligible Nonprofit Organizations

Eligible nonprofit organizations are those organizations that are both:

  • Described under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (IRC) and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of the IRC
  • Able to demonstrate, through the application, that the organization is at high risk of a terrorist attack

More information about nonprofit organizations can be found from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), including:

  • Note: The IRS does not require certain organizations such as churches, mosques, and synagogues to apply for and receive a recognition of exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the IRC. Such organizations are automatically exempt if they meet the requirements of section 501(c)(3). These organizations are not required to provide recognition of exemption. For organizations that the IRS requires to apply for and receive a recognition of exemption under 501(c)(3), the state may or may not require recognition of exemption, as long as the method chosen is applied consistently.

The Application

Each nonprofit organization may apply for up to $100,000.  More information about eligible NSGP costs can be found in Appendix C of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Preparedness Grant Manual and in FEMA’s April 18, 2019 Clarification on the Eligibility of Contracted Security Personnel.

Each applicant must submit its FY 2019 NSGP investment justification, a vulnerability / risk assessment, and mission statement to EWG no later than 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on May 13, 2019.  Applications must be submitted via email to and

More information about the NSGP and the application process can be found in the Department of Homeland Security Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and the FEMA FY 2019 NSGP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Nonprofit Organizations.

Nonprofits Outside the St. Louis Urban Area

Nonprofit organizations located outside of the St. Louis Urban Area that are interested in applying for FY 2019 NSGP funds should visit the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Office of Homeland Security’s website for more information.


Contact EWG staff by phone at (314) 421.4220 or (618) 274.2750 or by email at or