Evaluate and Define Infrastructure Vulnerabilities
Cohen Security can work with your non-profit organization to complete the required vulnerability assessment (VA) that will be submitted with your organization’s application for a security grant from the State of California under the CSNSGP program. Applications are typically required to be submitted by the fall of each year, and if your organization is selected as a recipient, you can receive up to $200,000 towards improving the security infrastructure of your offices and security training for your staff.
What is the Vulnerability Assessment Worksheet?
It defines, identifies, and prioritizes vulnerabilities of the organizational structure. It provides the organization with mitigation options of what equipment to procure in order to make the organization more secure.
The VA must be completed by a person with a security, emergency services, military, or law enforcement background because it has the largest impact on the amount of funding your organization can be awarded. Minimize the risk of your application being rejected by working with Cohen Security because our client’s applications have never been denied.
What is the California State Non–Profit Security Grant Program (CSNSGP)?
The purpose of the CSNSGP is to provide funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk for violent attacks and hate crimes due to ideology, beliefs, or mission.
Who is eligible to receive the CSNSGP Grant?
Restricted to California nonprofit organizations that are described under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (IRC) and exempt from tax under Section 501(a) of such code.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does not require certain organizations such as churches, mosques, and synagogues to apply for and receive recognition of exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRC. Such organizations are automatically exempt if they meet the requirements of Section 501(c)(3).
Nonprofits that cohabitate facilities
There are some nonprofit organizations that share the same building. In these cases, only one nonprofit organization can apply for CSNSGP funding. The safety and security enhancements can benefit those that cohabitate or share the same building as the nonprofit organization.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are common questions many people in San Diego have about the CAL OES Vulnerability Assessment. If you can’t find your question below, please contact us at (858) 522-9622 or [email protected], and we will be happy to answer it
The maximum amount of proposal submissions for each nonprofit organization is three, and each proposal must address a different physical location. Non-profit organizations can request up to $200,000 per location for a total of $600,000. The number of submissions and amount of funding requested may not exceed these limits.
There are some non-profit organizations that share the same building. In these cases, only one non-profit organization can apply for CSNSGP funding. The safety and security enhancements can benefit those that cohabitate or share the same building as the non-profit organization.
Training Funding may be used for training–related costs. Training activities using CSNSGP funds must address a specific threat and/or vulnerability as identified in the application. Examples of training costs allowable under this program include attendance fees for the training; and related expenses such as materials, supplies, and/or equipment. No personnel costs, such as overtime and backfill costs, associated with attending training courses are allowable. Travel costs are not eligible.
Changes to Scope of Work CSNSGP awardees are selected through a competitive proposal process. Projects are rated and ranked based on the proposal as submitted. Therefore, any changes to the scope of work are not permitted. The expectation is for each applicant to thoroughly plan out the entire process of each proposed project, from project conception to completion. Funds remaining at the end of the period of performance will be disencumbered and returned to Cal OES.
The California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program (CSNSGP) was created to provide funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements to non-profit organizations that are at high risk for violen attacks and hate crimes due to ideology, beliefs, or mission.
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