Nonprofit Security Grants

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Montgomery County has approved $700,000 to be used for nonprofit organizations experiencing hate crimes or at significant risk of becoming targets of hate crimes. These grants are available to augment costs for security personnel or other security planning measures for nonprofit organizations located in Montgomery County, Maryland. To be eligible to receive funds, individual organizations must:
  • Be an IRS registered 501(c)3, tax-exempt nonprofit organization or, if a religious organization, meet the requirements of a 501(c)3.
  • Be in good standing with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation.
  • Be physically located in Montgomery County.
  • Be a nonprofit organization experiencing threats, hate crimes or at significant risk of hate crimes based on its work, community, and/or known threats to similar organizations or communities nationally. 
  • Submit an electronic application form with project budget by October 22, 2021. Only electronic applications will be accepted. Organizations will be notified of award decisions in early December of 2021. 
Organizations may use the funds for:
  • Current security personnel or to augment current security personnel
  • To pay for a security assessment or plan and associated expenses
  • To conduct security training, including contractor and training expenses
  • To develop and execute a security drill
Organizations may not use the funds for:
  • Equipment purchases
  • Facility upgrades
  • General supplies
  • Any expenses incurred before the date of a signed and executed contract 

The following terms and conditions will apply to the administration of this grant:
  • All funds must be used within one year of the date of execution of a contract with Montgomery County. No grant funds can be used for expenses outside of these dates.
  • All awards will be made on a reimbursement basis. The organization must first incur the expenses and will be subsequently reimbursed by the County. The County cannot reimburse for any expenses incurred before the date of a signed and executed contract.
  • This is a one-time program for security personnel. Organizations may request further grants through the standard County Executive and County Council grants processes. Information and deadlines for FY21 are available at
In addition, the following conditions apply to applicants for this grant:
  • Only one application per organization or facility will be accepted. 
  • Applicants may request up to a maximum of $20,000 per facility.
  • Umbrella organizations applying for grant funding on behalf of multiple organizations or institutions will be asked to provide the names of those member organizations or institutions.
  • Umbrella organizations may request up to a maximum of $100,000.
  • If an individual organization applies for a grant but is also represented by an umbrella organization applying for grant funding on their behalf, funding will be limited to one grant only. 
  • All applications will be accepted and reviewed.
Applications are subject to the Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) (found at Md. Code Ann., State Gov't., §10-611 through -628 MPIA) and the County must comply with the disclosure requirements of the MPIA when a request for documents is received.

Please note that this application must be completed in one sitting. You may not save your information and return later.

It is advised that you craft your responses in a separate document, then copy and paste them into this form.

Note that there is an additional field at the end of the application for any additional information.

Once the form is submitted, it cannot be changed. But please don’t hesitate to contact us if there is a problem.

Questions? Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. Information sessions on eligibility and how to apply for the program were offered via a virtual platform in September and early October. You can view the slides from the information sessions here.

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