Governor Cuomo is committed to ensuring the safety and equal treatment of all New Yorkers and 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 is being made available on a statewide basis and will be administered by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) for the $25 million SFY2019/2020 Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Program (SCAHC Program) for nonpublic nonprofit schools, nonprofit day care centers, nonprofit community centers, nonprofit cultural museums and nonprofit residential camps and $20 million for the SFY2019/2020 Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Program for Nonpublic Schools and Day Camps (SCAHC for Nonpublic Schools and Day Camps) for nonpublic nonprofit schools and nonprofit day camps.
DHSES has released two Request for Applications (RFAs) to solicit proposals to support projects under these two programs. The deadline for applications is March 16, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Find more information about both programs at the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services website.
Non-For-Profits can apply to the New York's Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Grant Program as described above by completing the following the steps. Each step is further outlined below.
- Register with Grants Gateway
- Complete the Prequalification Application through Grants Gateway
- Use E-Grants on the Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Services (DHSES) website to digitally complete the grant application.
Grants Gateway is New York State’s online grant application system. Organizations must be registered in the Grants Gateway to compete for New York State grants. Applicants that are awarded grants use this system to manage their contracts online.
NOTE: Only original documents will be accepted. Photocopies, PDFs, or other representations are not permissible.
1. Download and complete the Registration Form for Administrators. The form must include the original signature of the head of the organization. The form must be notarized. The notary must complete each box in the “Acknowledgement to be completed by a Notary Public” section, and then sign and stamp the form.
2. If your organization does not already have a New York State SFS Vendor ID, the Grants Management staff will obtain one for you. To do so, you must download, complete, and attach the Substitute W-9 Form.
If your organization already has an SFS Vendor ID, do not submit a Substitute W-9 form. Please note, the process for obtaining an SFS Vendor ID can take 3-5 business days.
3. Attach an organizational chart showing the head of your organization that identifies current leadership and staff members by position, name and title. A Sample Organization Chart is available for you to view.
4. Mail all of the above original documents to Grants Management at 99 Washington Avenue, Room 1550, Albany, New York 12210-2814 in order to register
Find more information on registering with the Grants Gateway, including forms, instructions and a video.
Prequalification allows nonprofit vendors to proactively provide required documents, forms, and proof of policies that all State agencies require prior to reviewing grant applications and awarding contracts.
Step 1: Receive email containing account registration login credentials and Vendor ID from Grants Gateway
Step 2: Login to Grants Gateway and pre-qualify by uploading/filling out the following documentation:
- Certificate of Incorporation or equivalent document, such as a Certificate of Incorporation issued by the NYSDOS, a Charter issued by the SED, County Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws for a religious organization, or Articles of Incorporation for a foreign corporation, PLUS the certification showing that the organization is registered to do business in NY State
- IRS 501(c) determination letter or letter stating you don’t have one
- IRS 990 or, if exempt, a copy of the exemption request and approval
- Recent audited financial statement, financial review or internal financials and findings
- CHAR500 or CHAR410 or letter stating you don’t have or are not required to register with the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau
- Board of Directors Profile
- Senior Leadership Resumes
- Corporate Bylaws
- Grants Gateway Application Packet (to be filled out online): Organizational Capacity Form, Compliance Form and Integrity Form as well as Service Descriptors Form and Service Capacity Form
Find additional information on how to complete the Prequalification Application in Grants Gateway.
Once a Not-For-Profit has been pre-qualified through Grants Gateway, they can register to access E-Grants on the NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services (DHSES) website, and digitally complete and submit a grant application. When submitting an application electronically through E-Grants, it is unnecessary to forward any materials to DHSES.
Step 1: Once you have received your Vendor ID from the Grants Gateway System, fill out the E-Grants registration form and email it to [email protected]. You will receive a username and password from DHSES.
Step 2: Log in to the E-Grants application using the username and password that were emailed to you from DHSES, and begin your application. If you have questions about the application process, this detailed tutorial provides step by step guidance: Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes E-Grants Tutorial
As you fill out the application, be prepared to:
- List security items and/or training requested
- List justification for above security items
- List budget for above security items
- Upload Grants Gateway pre-qualification document
- Upload “self-assessment”
- Answer yes/no questions regarding qualifications
Step 3: Finalize and submit application
Applicants may contact DHSES for help with the application at [email protected]