Prequalify in NY. NY nonprofits must “prequalify” before submitting for any grants administered by DHSES or DCJS. Find NYS tutorials along with CSI tips, with a special section focusing on how religious corporations (houses of worship and many schools) should reply.
- NY DHSES Grant Page. The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services administers the federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) for NY applicants and grantees. Find the Request for Applications (RFA), tutorials, grant administration materials and more at their website. Address questions to DHSES: Grant.Info@dhses.ny.gov.
- NY DCJS Grant Page. The NY State Securing Communities against Hate Crimes (SCAHC) grants are administered by the NY State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). DCJS is the final word on NY State submissions. Find the Request for Proposal and more documents at this site.
February 13, 2024
Today, Gov. Hochul announced the release of the 2023-2024 Hate Crimes grants Request for Applications. Click on the link for full details. Eligible nonprofits can qualify for up to $200,000 in funding for security upgrades. Applications are due May 17th. Check this page often for additional information on the grants.
Don’t wait. Get your act together and get started now!
Few organizations that wait until the last minute are awarded grants. Both the federal and the NY State grants require organizations to prequalify and to have assessments.
NY Steps include:
- Prequalification. You must be prequalified to apply for either grant. New York shifted its prequalification process to a new application. Click to CSI’s dedicated webpage at: https://csiny.org/prequalify/ to learn more. Remember, applications from organizations that are not prequalified when they are submitted will not be considered. Check now.
- Assessments. The vulnerability assessment is a documented review of your facility that identifies gaps in physical and cyber security. Applications require a “current” vulnerability assessment. Request a CSI vulnerability and cyber security assessment here. CSI will provide a fresh assessment every three years. Click here to see how to update your existing assessment.
- Only federal NSGP grants! Get a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) Number. The UEI is only required for the NSGP. If your organization already has one, you do not need to do anything else. If you follow these directions there is no charge to obtain a UEI. Beware, there are bogus sites which do charge a fee. Use the links below.
First, determine whether your organization was previously assigned a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number when applying for federal assistance. The numeric DUNS system was phased out of use on April 4, 2022 and was replaced by the alphanumeric Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) system.
- If your organization was previously assigned a DUNS Number, it has been replaced by a new UEI value. Login to sam.gov to check your new UEI.
- If your organization has not previously applied for federal assistance, move on to Step 3 below. You will automatically be assigned a UEI when registering in sam.gov.
Then, obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) and register in the System for Award Management at sam.gov. Your organization will be assigned a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) once registered.
Learn how to get a Unique Entity ID without needing to complete an entity registration on SAM.gov by watching this YouTube video.
- Be informed. CSI provides notifications on a range of security topics, including updates on the grant process. Click to https://csiny.org/csisubscribe/ to subscribe.
Federal Security Grants
The federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) is a prisoner of the federal budget process and no one can predict when the House, Senate and the Administration will come to an agreement. Many predict months of wrangling. In the past, applicants have only had about a week between the announcement and the submission deadline.
We expect that the application packages for both grants will be substantially the same as last year. Our advice is to look at last year’s grant and get started now. Whenever the 2024 grant details are announced, organizations with a well-written draft of their application materials will be able to download the 2024 forms, tweak their answers to conform with any changes and cut and paste their answers.
If you have trouble downloading or opening the Investment Justification Template, click here.
Important: If accessing from the web, the IJ must be downloaded and saved as a PDF before you start working on it.
- If using Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge web browsers, after you click to open the document, a “Please wait…” message will appear.
- Click the “Download” or “Save as” icon (upper right corner of the screen) and save the file to your desktop.
- If using the Firefox web browser, the IJ will be viewable when you open it, however, you must download and save it as a PDF before you start working on it, otherwise errors may occur.
- Navigate to your desktop where the file has been saved and open the document from here.
- If the file does not open normally, right-click the file on your desktop and select “Open with”, then select Adobe (acrobat, reader, etc.), then the file should open.
- Please keep the file saved on your desktop/local hard drive and do not save to any cloud-based storage, as future accessibility issues may occur. The IJ will also need to be uploaded/submitted with your application in this fillable-PDF format with all fillable fields and drop-downs enabled.
If you continue to experience difficulty downloading the IJ, please e-mail Grant.Info@dhses.ny.gov and we can further assist you.