Ohio’s not-for-profits will soon have an opportunity to enhance security at their organizations through grant funding. A Security Improvement Grant from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) was recently authorized by House Bill 384 of the 131st General Assembly that will assist organizations in preventing, preparing for and responding to acts of terrorism.
Qualified not-for-profit organizations are able to apply for up to a $100,000 grant which may be used for: eligible physical security enhancement equipment or inspection and screening equipment in and/or attendance fees and associated materials, supplies, and equipment costs for security-related training courses and programs regarding the protection of critical infrastructure and key resources, physical and cyber security, target hardening, or terrorism awareness or preparedness.
Applicants will be subject to provide a vulnerability/risk assessment and disclosure about how their organization can utilize the grant to diminish or prevent vulnerabilities. To be considered, the organization must assess its current state of vulnerability by undergoing a comprehensive evaluation performed by experienced security, law enforcement, or military personnel.
Grants are expected to be awarded by April 19, 2017, on a competitive basis based on criteria and eligibilities established in H.B. No. 384. The performance period for these grants is April 19, 2017 to June 30, 2018.
Deadline for submission is March 20, 2017. For more information on eligibility and application details, organizations can visit: http://ema.ohio.gov/PreparednessGrants_SecurityGrantsForNonProfits.aspx – or contact your Sikich not-for-profit advisor for further guidance.