February 15, 2021
Written by Craig Cable, American Church Group of Colorado
As the Director of Ministry Safety for our agency, I am dedicated to finding ways to help safeguard ministries like yours.
One of the most common challenges churches share with me is the lack of funding for security infrastructure such as camera systems, radios, access control systems, and training. One way that churches are covering these expenses is by taking advantage of the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) that is available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Sometime in the next two weeks, DHS and FEMA are expected to release the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) Notice of Funding Opportunity. The NSGP provides funding support for security-related and physical security enhancements to nonprofit organizations. The NSGP promotes emergency preparedness coordination and collaboration activities between public and private community representatives as well as state, local, and tribal government agencies.
Learn More in Webinar on February 18
On February 18, 2021, the DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives is hosting a webinar from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (ET) to provide information, tips and guidance on how to apply for the NSGP, and other Department of Homeland Security (DHS) resources that support the safety and security of houses of worship, non-profits and faith and community-based organizations. In addition, you will hear perspectives from faith and community leaders about the NSGP and ways you can keep your facilities safe and secure.
The webinar is being hosted using Adobe Connect. I would recommend Testing your Adobe Connect prior to the meeting. You may need to update or install software to access the audio-visual content.
Please know that I am a resource for you. If you have any questions or concerns about keeping your ministry safe, please feel free to email me at CCable@AmericanChurchGroup.com.
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