Friday, April 15, 2011

More info on Nonprofit Security Grant Program

Thanks to the great work of Rob Goldberg of we have some preliminary information from DHS.
  1. DHS currently expects to release the guidance to the state on May 9th.  The DHSES staff (aka our friends in Albany) will then put out the Request For Applications just as soon as they reasonably can. 
  2. The most significant change this coming year is that preference will be given to nonprofit organizations that have not received prior years funding. That doesn't mean that past grantees can not apply. However, they will be at a competitive disadvantage.
  3. We do not yet know when the applications will be due. We continue to advise you to download the Investment Justification from last year and to begin to prepare answers to those questions ASAP. This year the Investment Justification will be in MS Excel format. You will be able to paste your answers into the new DHS template.
Note that all of this information is tentative. The JCRC webpage ( will have ongoing guidance. The JCRC plans to hold a webinar on the grant guidance soon after it is released.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Nonprofit Security Program on track, get started now

Bottom line: We don't know when the formal application period will commence, but the submission period is likely to be shorter than in previous years. Download last year's Investment Justification document and get started now. The changes in the Investment Justification should be minimal, if any. 


Update from Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).


Votes Today: First the House and then the Senate are expected to take up the full year spending bill (HR 1473) today.  There is a closed rule in the House, limiting the vote to up or down without amendments.  60 votes will be necessary to pass it in the Senate.

The measure provides $1.055 trillion in discretionary funding for FY 2011, $39.9 billion less than in FY 2010.  The total includes $12 billion in cuts already agreed to in three other continuing resolutions, and represents the largest annual reduction in U.S. history. 

For Homeland Security Programs: Overall funding of $41.8 billion (2% below FY2010 levels), represents the first annual spending reduction in the department’s history.  The President’s request did not seek funding for NSGP.  While the overall allocation for the UASI program was $725 million (down from $887 million in FY2010), we were able to secure full/flat funding of $19 million for NSGP.