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Securing Communities Grants Information

Streamlined Prequalification Instructions
Securing Communities Grants Information

NYS Funding to Ensure the Safety and Equal Treatment of All New Yorkers and to Secure the Safety of Nonprofits

New York State is committed to ensuring the safety and equal treatment of all New Yorkers and as such has continued support of the Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Program. This program is designed to boost safety and security at New York's nonprofit organizations at risk of hate crimes or attacks because of their ideology, beliefs, or mission. In support of this effort, $45 million in grant funding was administered by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES).

In addition, $25 million has been included in the FY 2021 Enacted Budget for safety and security projects for at risk facilities.  Interested nonprofit organizations are encouraged to complete the prequalification process now in order to obtain prequalification status in advance of the funding being made available.

Securing Communities Grants Streamlined Prequalification Instructions

Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for any of the funding sources listed above must meet prequalification requirements, and will meet such requirements by either prequalifying through the traditional prequalification process or by prequalifying through the new streamlined prequalification process outlined below.

  1. Download and complete the Streamlined Prequalification Questionnaire.
  2. Submit completed form and required documentation by email to the Grants Management team at [email protected]
  3. The State will review the materials submitted and respond to the email provided with any questions or concerns.
  4. Once satisfied that the necessary conditions have been met, the Grants Management team will issue via email a Streamlined Prequalification Certificate.  Please keep a copy of the certificate for your records, as it will need to be submitted as part of your application.


Please Note: The streamlined prequalification process only applies to the funding source identified above. The traditional prequalification process established in Grants Gateway applies to all other grants. More information on the traditional prequalification process can be found on the Get Prequalified page.

New York State may take up to 5 business days from the receipt of a complete Securing Communities Grants Streamlined Prequalification Questionnaire to conduct its review. Due to the length of time this process could take to complete, it is advised that nonprofits prequalify as soon as possible.

Streamlined Prequalification Questionnaire

Download and complete this form. Send the completed form and other required documents to the address specified in the instructions.