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On March 30, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will released a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the FY20 Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) Grant Program. This is a nationwide competitive grant with 50 expected awards – in years past, one per state.

State, local, tribal, and territorial governments, nonprofits, and institutions of higher education are eligible to submit competitive proposals to assist in developing a nationwide prevention framework to combat targeted violence and terrorism. This goal requires a multi-year, whole-of-society effort, including financial assistance and other support by DHS. The TVTP Grant Program’s priorities for FY20 are:

  • Establishing and Enhancing Local Prevention Frameworks with an Emphasis on Threat Assessment and Management Capabilities 
  • Preventing Domestic Terrorism 
  • Developing Innovative Solutions for Preventing Targeted Violence and Terrorism


There are several major changes from the earlier program including:

  • Enhanced project performance measures
  • Expansion to prevention of targeted violence
  • Dedicated innovation application track
  • Detailed description of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties protections

The application period opens today, Monday, March 30, 2020 and closes on Friday, May 29, 2020. Awards will be made no later than September 30, 2020 when the funding expires. DHS anticipates this to be the first year of a multi-year program. The DHS Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Request includes $20 million for the TVTP Grant Program and additional funding to support other TVTP efforts in various DHS offices and components.


Important links:

The Notice of Funding Opportunity:

DHS will hold three webinars – using GoToMeeting - to discuss the elements of the program:

Interested applicants may find more information at or email

Strategic Framework to Counter Terrorism and Targeted Violence

On February 14th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the Fiscal Year 2020 Homeland Security Grant Program .  

The Fiscal Year 2020 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) is one of three grant programs that constitute Department of Homeland Security (DHS) DHS/Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) focus on enhancing the ability of state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as nonprofits, to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks. These grant programs are part of a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by the DHS to help strengthen the nation’s communities against potential terrorist attacks. Among the five basic homeland security missions noted in the 2018 DHS Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, NSGP supports the goal to Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience.

The 2018-2022 FEMA Strategic Plan creates a shared vision for reducing the risks posed by terrorism and sets an ambitious, yet achievable, path forward to unify and further professionalize emergency management across the country. The NSGP supports the goals of Building a Culture of Preparedness and Readying the Nation for Catastrophic Disasters. We invite our stakeholders and partners to also adopt these priorities and join us in building a more prepared and resilient nation.

For more information and to see if your nonprofit is eligible, please review the following documents.

For eligible organizations, please note the following timelines and requirements.

In order to ensure successful completion and submission of the grant, all NSGP grant applications must be completed and returned to our office by 5:00 PM CST on March 27, 2020Rather than submitting to an individual person as in the past, please submit your applications to . Because our timeline is rather short, this email account is monitored by several staff members and will allow for a more efficient processing of applications. Once our office receives the applications, they will be reviewed and scored for submission to DHS.

Please check back here for updates and new information as it becomes available. If you have any questions that are not addressed in the resources provided, please call our office at 615-532-7825.