Security grants

Physical security and access control play an important role in helping institutions of all shapes and sizes as they work toward achieving a balance between “open and welcoming” and “safe and secure.” The Communal Security Initiative (CSI) recognizes that the purchase, installation, and maintenance of physical security systems involves financial costs, and for this reason, we would like to share two types of grants for which your organization may be eligible:

  1. Commonwealth Nonprofit Security Grant Program
  2. Federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program 

Grant applications and support

1. Commonwealth Nonprofit Security Grant Program

Prepare now for the upcoming round of commonwealth grants expected to be announced in Winter 2024. 

See 2022's grant information:

The Commonwealth Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s (EOPSS) Office of Grants and Research (OGR) has made available nearly $2,850,000 in funds to places of worship, faith-based community centers, and other similar institutions to enhance facility safety and security.

Applicants may solicit up to $100,000. For additional information, including all applicable paperwork and documentation, please visit the  Office of Grants and Research's webpage. 

Priority will be given to applicants demonstrating the greatest need/proposing cost-effective solutions to addressing high-priority security gaps or weaknesses and have not received a previous Commonwealth Nonprofit Security Grant Program grant or other related federal non-profit award from OGR.

We are extremely grateful to our partners at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston and in the broader community, who have lobbied tirelessly for the creation and expansion of this grant program. 

Please note that nonprofit organizations must apply directly to their State Administrative Agency. In Massachusetts, this is the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. 

Review last year's grant information

Grant resources
Hate crime data
2. Federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program

The Office of Grants and Research (OGR) is the State Administrative Agency (SAA) for all funds received by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As such, OGR manages and administers the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) in Massachusetts. This program provides federal funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements to nonprofit organizations that are at high-risk of terrorist attack.


Eligibility is limited to nonprofit organizations (as described under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) at high-risk of terrorist attacks.


Key Dates

Notice of Funding Opportunity posted: May 7, 2024

Application Deadline: June 3, 2024, at 4 p.m.

Anticipated Award Announcement: September 2024

Performance Period: November 2024-December 2026

Application Materials:

FFY24 NSGP Notice of Funding Opportunity

FFY24 NSGP Investment Justification Form (Application)

FFY24 NSGP Budget Worksheet

FFY24 NSGP Signature Page

OGR Subrecipient Risk Assessment Form


Additional Resources:

FFY24 NSGP Subapplicant Quick Start Guide

FFY24 NSGP Fact Sheet


FFY24 NSGP Applicant Assistance Webinar Presentation

FFY24 NSGP Applicant Assistance Q & A

FEMA and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have made available a number of resources for NSGP applicants and organizations seeking to improve security:

For questions regarding the application process, contact Brian Nicholas, Massachusetts State Coordinator for the Federal NSGP, at

Learn more about last year's state and federal nonprofit security grant programs

Learn more about completing a grant application

Contact us

Reach out to us for more information about security servicestrainings, grants and funding, AEDs and emergency preparedness kits, or to speak with a member of the CJP Communal Security Initiative Team.