Courtesy of State Rep. Tim Whelan:
The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s (EOPSS) Office of Grants and Research (OGR) will make available $1,435,000 in funding for nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations to competitively solicit one-time grant funding to assist nonprofit organizations such as places of worship, faith-based community centers, and the like with enhancing building safety and security for its members and staff. This Availability of Grant Funds (AGF) will provide all the information needed to submit an application for consideration under the SFY20 Commonwealth Nonprofit Security Grant Program (CNSGP). Priority will be given to applicants demonstrating the greatest need AND proposing cost-effective solutions to addressing highpriority security gaps or weaknesses.
Applicant Eligibility Per legislative language, only Massachusetts based nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organizations that are located outside of the Metro-Boston Homeland Security Region are eligible to apply. Applicants may solicit up to $50,000 in funding under this competition. Priority will be given to applicants who have NOT received a previous CNSGP or other related federal award from EOPSS OGR.
Massachusetts State Legislation Per legislative language, funding shall be expended for a nonprofit security grant program to provide support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attacks or hate crimes as defined in section 32 of chapter 22C of the General Laws and are ineligible for the United States Department of Homeland Security's Nonprofit Security Urban Area Grant Program based on their location; provided further, that: 1. Not less than 1 such grant shall be awarded to a nonprofit organization in the eastern region of the commonwealth;
2. Not less than 1 such grant shall be awarded to a nonprofit organization in the central region of the commonwealth
3. Not less than 1 such grant shall be awarded to a nonprofit organization in the western region of the commonwealth.
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