Homeland Security and Emergency Services

25 Million in State Grant Funds to Combat Hate Crimes

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced new actions to combat hate crimes, anti-Semitism, and religious discrimination across New York State. The measures include a $25 million grant program to boost safety and security at New York’s schools, community and day care centers at risk of hate crimes or attacks because of their ideology, beliefs or mission. The grant program will provide funding for additional security training needs, cameras and state-of-the-art technology, door-hardening, improved lighting and other related security upgrades.

This new program will be administered by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES). While the program continues to be developed, DHSES is 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 Request for Applications.   If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive the announcement for the Request for Applications please send an e-mail to grants@dhses.ny.gov with your name, organization, address, phone number and e-mail address.

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

  1. Prequalification:  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.

  2. Vendor Responsibility Questionnaire:  DHSES requires that potential applicants file the required Vendor Responsibility Questionnaire online via the New York State VendRep System.  To enroll in and use the New York State VendRep System, see the VendRep System Instructions available at http://www.osc.state.ny.us/vendrep/vendor_index.htm or go directly to the VendRep system online at https://portal.osc.state.ny.us.  Potential applicants must provide their New York State Vendor Identification Number when enrolling.  To request assignment of a Vendor ID or for VendRep System assistance, contact the Office of the State Comptroller’s Help Desk at 866-370-4672 or 518-408-4672 or by email at ITServiceDesk@osc.state.ny.us.  Potential applicants opting to complete and submit a paper questionnaire can obtain the appropriate questionnaire from the VendRep website http://www.osc.state.ny.us/vendrep/forms_vendor.htm or may contact the Office of the State Comptroller’s Help Desk for a copy of the paper form. 

  3. Registration with NYS Charities Bureau:  You must be registered, 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

  4. 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.