Bipartisan budget signed by governor includes additional funding for Nonprofit Security Grant Program

May 3, 2024 | Article, JCRC

On April 30, 2024, Governor Jared Polis signed the Colorado General Assembly’s FY 2024-25 budget, HB24-1430, which included $906,591 in additional funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). The funding in HB24-1430 is in addition to the $1,000,000 one-time expansion of the NSGP unanimously approved by the Joint Budget Committee in December 2023.

Colorado first passed the NSGP in 2022 as a result of the collective efforts of over 50 organizations led by JEWISHcolorado’s Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC). The NSGP allows nonprofit organizations to apply for funding to pay for security upgrades on their buildings, preparedness exercises, training, planning, and contracting with security personnel. Since its inception, the program has funded 39 security grants throughout Colorado.

“We thank the Colorado General Assembly and the governor for recognizing the increased need to protect and secure our houses of worship, community centers, and neighborhood organizations,” said Renée Rockford, JEWISHcolorado President & CEO. ”We hope Colorado will continue to invest in this key program that is more important than ever.”

The basic criteria for who is eligible to apply are:

  • The Colorado grant opportunity is open to any nonprofit in the state that has applied for and not received the federal grant in the past three years.
  • All work on the grant must be completed by June 30, 2025.
  • The maximum amount of any grant is $50,000

The NSGP funding appropriated in HB24-140 is available beginning July 1, 2024.

JEWISHcolorado’s Regional Safety & Security Initiative and its officers are available to answer questions and assist any Colorado nonprofit in preparing a security assessment as required by the grant. Contact Regional Security Advisor Kevin Farrington with questions.