Governor Kathy Hochul today announced $37.9 million in federal funding to support the efforts of 195 nonprofit organizations facing an increased risk of terrorist or other extremist attack to strengthen the security of their facilities, as well as enhance their overall preparedness. This funding, provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency through its Nonprofit Security Grant Program, is being allocated to New York through two separate awards – $33.3 million for organizations within the New York City Metro Area and $4.7 million for organizations throughout the rest of the State. The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services manages these programs in close coordination with local stakeholders.
“The Nonprofit Security Grant Program is a critical part of our strategy to thwart domestic terrorism in New York State,” Governor Hochul said. “No matter where we gather, we have the right to peaceful and respectful assembly without fear of violence or vitriol. This effort requires no less than the full partnership of those who are involved in creating a safer environment for all those who live, work and visit our great state.”
New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray said, “This critical funding helps non-profits across the state bolster their infrastructure and train for security-based scenarios to deter acts of terrorism and hate crimes. We’re working with our partners across all levels of government to ensure this program continues to make New York a safer place for all.”
Nationwide, a total of $305 million is being provided through the Nonprofit Security Grant Program in FY2023. Of this amount, $152.5 million in funding was made available to nonprofit organizations located within one of the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) designated high-risk urban areas. The remaining $152.5 million was reserved for jurisdictions outside of the UASI-designated areas.
Allowable costs include planning such as security risk management, continuity of operations, and response plans; equipment, including physical security enhancement and inspection/screening systems equipment: active shooter training and security training for employees or congregation members: response exercises, and contracted security personnel.
In New York, the state’s UASI-designated high-risk urban area is the New York City Metro Area. Specifically, this consists of New York City, as well as Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. In 2023, New York leads the nation in both total funding and number of awardees in a UASI-designated area, with $33.3 million being awarded to 174 nonprofit organizations. The remaining $4.7 million in federal funding will be awarded to nonprofit organizations throughout the rest of the state.
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