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ODPS Ohio Emergency Management Agency Security Grants for Nonprofits (H.B. No. 166)

Notice of Funding Opportunity

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House Bill 166 of the 133rd General Assembly authorizes the Department of Public Safety to provide grant funding to nonprofit organizations, houses of worship, chartered nonpublic schools and licensed preschools for (1) eligible security improvements and/or (2) acquiring personnel services/costs that assist the organization in preventing, preparing for, and responding to acts of terrorism. The Ohio Homeland Security (OHS) and Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) are jointly administering the program.

Application period is now open.

Qualified applicants can apply through the below links. It is suggested applicants pay close attention to the information listed on this website and read through all documents.

  • Physical Security Grant Application and Documents (PDF) (Word)
  • Personnel and Communications Grant Application and Documents (PDF) (Word)
  • Product list and Tiers (PDF)
  • HB 166 Signature Page (PDF)
  • Personnel and Comms Grant Application Cover Page (Word)
  • Physical Security Grant Application Cover Page (Word)

Important items to keep in mind before the application period opens:

  • There are two grant programs; (1) physical security upgrades and (2) personnel related costs. There will be two applications, one for each grant program. Those applicants seeking to apply for both must submit both applications.
    • For the physical security grants, each applicant may apply for up to $100,000 to expend on eligible program costs. (GRF 763513 and GRF 763603 Security Grants (A)).
    • For the personnel related grants, each applicant can apply for up to $100,000 acquiring the services of a resource officer, special duty police officer, or licensed security OR each applicant can apply for $25,000 for the purchasing of qualified equipment such as emergency and crisis communication, crisis manage and/or trauma and crisis response. (GRF 763514, Security Grants (B)(1) and (B)(2)).
  • The full grant solicitations, including a list of approved products/expenditures and application/assessment information will be released in accordance with the below timeline.
  • Requests to purchase/acquire items not found on the approved products/expenditures list will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Items not on the list cannot be guaranteed to be approved.
  • A 1:1 match is required for applicants seeking grant funds in the personnel grant program (a wavier for this match is possible and will be clarified in the grant documents).
  • Threat/vulnerability assessments will be required for both applications.
  • Each nonprofit, using their IRS number, must submit their own applications. Joint applications cannot be considered.
    • Security Guard Joint projects between entities are possible, however to adhere to the law, entities working together must submit independent applications.
    • For example, Applicant 1 and Applicant 2 are working together on a project to purchase an approved item that would benefit them both (maybe the applicants are in close proximity of one another and/or applicants are located in the same building). Applicants 1 and 2 would submit their own applications explaining how the purchase of the approved item assists them in preventing, preparing for, and responding to acts of terrorism

Grant Cycle

Please contact our team at securitygrants@dps.ohio.gov for any questions you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

  1. What is on the list of allowed equipment?
    There have been several questions surrounding specific authorized equipment. Opposed to listing each request here and in an effort to ensure consistency in the message we will wait to address them all until the authorized list is released on October 1, 2019. It will mirror much of what was in the last grant funding opportunity and will follow much of what is in the DHS AEL list.
  2. Will joint applications be accepted?
    No, joint applications will not be accepted. This includes applications for entities within one county or across county lines. Each entity should submit an application to ensure funds are managed properly according to the needs of each specific entity. This does not stop entities from working together on projects, but each entity will need to have an application submitted for their portion of the project.
  3. Could an Ohio-based nonprofit organization utilize funds for a property/premises located in a neighboring state?
  4. Will there be conference calls for interested applicants to ask questions?
    Conference calls will be held on these dates to discuss the program:
    November 8, 2019 at 1PM EST
    November 22, 2019 at 1PM EST

    Call in information can be found in this document: Call In Information
    Calls will be the same and will maxed at 300 participants. Applicants will only need to attend one.
  5. I noticed in one of the applications, it said the applications should be postmarked by March 15, 2017. Was this an error?
    Yes, this was an error in the Physical Security Grants Application. Applications must be postmarked by November 29, 2019. No electronic submissions will be accepted. No applications postmarked after November 29, 2019, will be reviewed. Please utilize the updated application and documents mentioned above.