Lowey Secures Record Funding for Nonprofit Security Grants in Fiscal Year 2021 Homeland Security Funding Bill

July 7, 2020
Press Release

Nonprofit Security Grants in the State Homeland Security Grant Program funded at $180 million, $140 million increase from Fiscal Year 2020

Urban Areas Security Initiative Nonprofit Security Grants funded at $180 million, a $130 million increase

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, and the Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, today approved by voice vote the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Homeland Security funding bill. The $50.72 billion proposal includes $10.8 billion for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and $3.66 billion for Federal Assistance, which includes funding for the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Nonprofit Security Grants and the newer non-UASI Nonprofit Security Grants within the State Homeland Security Grant Program (NSGP-S) that Chairwoman Lowey created in FY 2018. The increases of $473.9 million above the fiscal year 2020 enacted level and $1.18 billion above the President’s budget request for Federal Assistance include record-level funding for the nonprofit security grants.

“In response to the rise in anti-Semitic incidents and violent hate crimes, our draft bill quadruples funds for nonprofits and religious institutions to help prevent and protect against terrorism and targeted, violent extremism,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “The record funding for nonprofit security grants in both UASI and non-UASI regions would enable the Westchester, Rockland, and the broader New York nonprofit community to protect themselves with increased security measures and greater peace of mind so that they can gather safely. It brings me great pride to know that a program I created is helping to keep children and families safe and secure across the Lower Hudson Valley. As the appropriations process continues, I will keep fighting to bring home increased funding for New York.”

Combined funding for nonprofit security grants in both UASI (NSGP-U) and non-UASI regions (NSGP-S) was $90 million in FY 2020. The House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee approved a combined funding level of $360 million in the FY 2021 bill, which would be an increase of $270 million, or a quadrupling of funding, for nonprofit security grants. Individually, NSGP-S would receive a record $180 million in FY 2021, marking a $140 million increase from $40 million in FY 2020. The NSGP-U would receive a record $180 million in FY 2021, which would be a $130 million increase from $50 million in FY 2020. The bill is expected to be considered by the full Appropriations Committee in the coming days.

In FY 2018, Congresswoman Lowey successfully created the Nonprofit Security Grant Program carve-out within the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP) to support nonprofit organizations located outside of UASI-designated urban areas, such as Rockland County. The new program was originally funded at $10 million in FY 2018. As Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Lowey was instrumental in securing an increase of $30 million in FY 2020 to support nonprofit security. Last week, the Congresswoman announced that at least 25 organizations in the 17th Congressional District will receive a total of $2,565,028 of those federal funds. A full list of grant recipients is here.

More information on this legislation can be found here, and Lowey’s remarks from the subcommittee markup on the entire Homeland Security funding bill can be found here.