Grants and Funding Assistance

A number of resources exist to assist facilities with covering the cost of upgrading physical security, like adding ballistic-resistant protection.

NSGP Nonprofit Security Grant Program

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) is administered by FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security. It offers financial assistance for physical security improvements at nonprofit entities identified as at-risk targets for attacks (whether it be organized or lone perpetrators).

  • Candidates must be non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3)organizations. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Places of worship (churches, synagogues, mosques...)
    • Private schools, both secular and non-secular
    • Community/social/crisis centers
    • Medical facilities
    • Museums and event venues.
  • The program will cover up to $150,000 of security improvement costs per site. Organizations are allowed to apply for up to three sites ($450,000 total).
  • ‍Here is a synopsis of links that will help you navigate the wide array of information the program has available:

COPS Community Oriented Policing Services

Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) is administered by the Department of Justice. It's a federal initiative aimed at enhancing public safety by providing funding, resources, and technical assistance to support initiatives such as community policing, crime prevention, and physical security improvements.

  • Eligibility for grants from the COPS program typically extends to various entities involved in law enforcement and public safety efforts. This includes:
    • Nonprofit Organizations
    • Universities and Research Institutions
    • Local Government Agencies
    • Community-Based Organizations.
  • Eligibility criteria may vary depending on the specific grant program or funding opportunity offered by the COPS office.
  • Information on the various grants is found here; starting with the "Solicitation Finder" section, near the top of the page: COPS Grants Information

GEERS Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund

The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund focuses on providing emergency support to states, school districts, and institutions of higher education that have been impacted by the needs that are considered out of the ordinary and require assistance that exceeds normal budgeting. The use of GEER funds varies state by state; however, many states are allowing the funds to be used for security improvements in schools.

  • General information on the fund can be found on the Department of Education site: GEER Site
  • As the exact information varies from state to state, information on the allocations made for your state may be found by doing an internet search of "GEER Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund" + the name of your state.
  • If you have any issues with finding information for your state, feel free to contact us at and we can assist with finding information in your area.

Need Application Assistance?

If you are new to the grant application process, sorting through the paperwork can be intimidating. Or may simply not have the time to devote to completing the application with the proper fidelity. If either is the case, there are resources that can assist you.