The 2020 Non-Profit Security Grant Fund

The 2020 Non-Profit Security Grant Fund

New for 2020, the Nonprofit Security Grant (Act 83) will distribute $5 million for security enhancements to eligible nonprofits who fall under a single bias hate crime category.
The application window is now open for only 30 days until February 14, at 11:45 pm! Read our resources below and please contact our account managers who can provide you with support.
Call 412-531-4240 or email sdiggs@descomm.com

Created as a response to the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund is aimed to enhance security for any 501(c)(3) nonprofit within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who is also a target of single-bias hate crimes. The grants range from $5,000 to $150,000, however any request over $25,000 will require a percentage of matching funds. We can offer you a free consult to evaluate your security needs so you can get the most protection out of this grant funding.
  • A registered nonprofit 501(c)(3) located in Pennsylvania
  • The nonprofit must serve a demographic that is listed within these 2017 Hate Crime Statistics. Here are the most common targeted demographics, including race, religion and sexual-orientation, in descending order:
    • Black or African American
    • Jewish
    • Gay (male)
    • Hispanic or Latino
    • Islamic
    • LGBTQ
    • Other racial and religious minorities
Note: While these are the most common targeted demographics, there are unfortunately many other minorities included on the 2017 hate crime report. All groups listed are equally eligible for the grant funding, however, if your nonprofit falls into a smaller segment, you will need a greater burden of proof to justify the need for funding based on your credible experience of threat and intimidation.
Here's the full list of allowable security enhancement expenses:
  • Safety and security planning
  • Purchase of safety and security equipment
  • Purchase of security-related technology, which may include, but is not limited to:
    • Metal detectors
    • Protective lighting
    • Surveillance equipment
    • Special emergency communications equipment
    • Electronic locksets
    • Deadbolts
    • Trauma kits
    • Theft control devices
  • Safety and security training
  • Threat awareness and response training
  • Upgrades to existing structures that enhance safety and security
  • Vulnerability and threat assessments
  • Specialty-trained canines
  • Any other safety or security-related project that enhances safety or security of the non-profit organization
The minimum you can request is $5,000 and the maximum you can request is $150,000. Within that, there is a scale of grant coverage:
  • $25,000 and Under: The grant pays 100% and you pay zero.
  • $25,001 to $75,000: The grant pays 67% and you pay 33%.
  • $75,001 to $150,000: The grant pays 50% and you pay 50%
Here are budget worksheets which you can include in your application: Note: The matching funds can come from any source (e.g. fundraising dollars, federal or local government funds, etc.) except state funding. In-kind matches (i.e. donations of goods, services or time instead of cash) do not satisfy the non-state financial participation requirement. Previous expenditures for security enhancements are not eligible to satisfy the non-state financial participation requirement
The application window opened on January 14 and will remain open for 30 days until February 14, 11:45 pm. The initial round of awards will be decided on March 11, 2020.

Note: Your application requires a budget breakdown of your security items. Your first action-item should be to schedule a security evaluation so you can start planning your application. Please call us today at 412-531-4240 to set up a consult.

  • Check out the next tab for the complete list of application requirements.
Here's the complete list of required documents:
  • Name and address of your nonprofit organization.
  • The nonprofit organization’s Employer Identification Number.
  • The nonprofit organization’s 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter
  • A short narrative – can be a few sentences – summarizing why you are applying and how the items you are requesting are linked to solving that need or problem.
  • Any supporting documentation you may have for your narrative, saved as a pdf.
  • A list of eligible items requested and a budget breakdown. If you are applying for more than $25,001, you will also need to provide information about your cash match.
We are very experienced with grant applications and can discuss with you how to describe your credible and immediate security needs.
We offer the full range of hardware and software security solutions detailed in the grant. We also do threat assessments and safety & security planning. Our expertise lays in really understanding your needs and implementing the most effective security infrastructure for your institution. For example:

  • If you run a daycare, we will look at implementing an access control system that maintains your busy operations while keeping children safe.
  • Many Houses of Worship do not have lobby receptionists. We can set up remote entry systems combined with video surveillance so your congregants have safe entry.
  • Small and large community centers can benefit from interior & exterior intrusion detection through centralized video monitoring.
  • Some K-12 Schools are registered as nonprofit. We can install a range of security overlays including mass notification systems and networked lock-down systems.
Whether you are requiring security from the ground-up, or are needing to augment your current security infrastructure, we can create a plan that fits within your budget. Please call us at 412-531-4240 for your free consult.
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime And Delinquency (PCCD) is administering this grant. Their website is a great resource and also includes the application link.
Here's the direct link - it's a survey monkey application.



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