Homeland Security and Emergency Services

FY2017 Urban Area Security Initiative Nonprofit Security Grant Program (UASI-NSGP)

The NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services serves as the administrative agency for the Urban Area Security Initiative Nonprofit Security Grant Program (UASI-NSGP) on behalf of the US Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA). While we await the release of grant funding allocations and guidelines from DHS/FEMA, we wanted to give you information to begin planning for the release of this program for FY2017.

The Federal Government is currently operating under a continuing resolution through April.  We are hopeful that shortly after that date federal appropriations for 2017 will be passed and we will be notified regarding funding for the FY2017 UASI-NSGP. Unfortunately, we anticipate an extremely short turnaround time to submit grant applications for this program. Therefore, we are encouraging all potential applicants to begin planning now in order to be ready to meet the deadlines that will be forthcoming with the release of federal grant guidelines.  

The following steps are some of the things you can complete now to prepare for the application process:


Prior to submitting an application, ALL nonprofit organizations are required to prequalify with the New York State Grants Gateway. Go to http://www.grantsreform.ny.gov/Grantees for more information. If you are currently prequalified you must maintain that status in order to submit an application for funding. If you have questions about the NYS Grants Gateway please contact them at (518) 474-5595 or at grantsreform@its.ny.gov. It is imperative that you complete the prequalification process in its entirety and maintain prequalification status in order to apply for and receive grant funding. Applications received from organizations that are not prequalified will not be eligible for funding.

Risk Assessment

This program requires a threat and/or vulnerability assessment for the locations you seek to target harden. If your application will be requesting equipment at multiple locations you must provide assessments for each location.

DHSES E-Grants System

Grant applications must be submitted via the automated DHSES E-Grants System. The system allows an agency to complete an application electronically and submit it over the Internet using a secure portal. If you do not already have an E-Grants account with DHSES, apply for a username and password by completing the form:  http://www.dhses.ny.gov/grants/forms-egrants.cfm and e-mail it to us at grants@dhses.ny.gov

Registration with NYS Charities Bureau

You must be registered, or have recently applied for registration, or be exempt from registering with the NYS Attorney General's Office, Charities Bureau.  If you have questions regarding your status or these requirements, you may visit their website: https://www.charitiesnys.com/faqs_reg_new.html

DUNS Number

DHS/FEMA requires all organizations to have a Dun & Bradstreet number (DUNS). Organizations should verify that they have a DUNS number, or take the steps necessary to obtain one, as soon as possible as this number will be required on all applications. Applicants can receive a DUNS number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line at (866) 705-5711.

Mission Statement

Be prepared to include a copy of your organization's mission statement with your grant application.