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Pennsylvania Accepting Applications from Non-Profits for $3.2 Million in Physical and Cybersecurity Grants

May 3, 2024

On April 24, 2024 the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) announced it is accepting applications from eligible non-profits for funding to enhance physical and cybersecurity at organizations that may be at risk for terrorist or extremist attacks. Organizations may apply for up to $150,000 per location, at a maximum of three locations. Each location must submit an application. Funding allocated to Pennsylvania for fiscal year 2024 is $3.2 million, and there is no cost share requirement. Applications must be made by 5:00 pm on May 29, 2024. Successful applicants will receive notice of such awards no later than September 30, 2024.

Eligibility guidelines will follow criteria established by the Federal Emergency Management Administration. Non-profits that may apply include camps, educational facilities, houses of worship, museums, senior living facilities, community and social service organizations, event venues, medical facilities, science organizations, and shelters and crisis centers. Funding may be used for a variety of planning, communication, security, cybersecurity and facility upgrades, such as sensors, alarms and camera systems.

A successful application will require the organization to demonstrate why it could be a target for an attack, including being a highly recognized or national institution or have a demonstrated record of threats made against the organization. The application will also require the organization to outline what vulnerabilities a site or its communications infrastructure may have, as well as the consequences of an attack on the organization and the communities it serves.

For more information, including additional information, a link to the application, fact sheet and an FAQ, visit PEMA’s website here, or contact the McNees team below.

Kevin Sunday
Policy Advisor, McNees Strategic Solutions Group

Frannie Reilly, Esq.
Co-Chair, Public Finance & Local Government
Chair, Charitable and Non-Profit