Communal Security Initiative Physical Infrastructure Grants

Physical security and access control play an important role in helping institutions of all shapes and sizes as they work toward achieving a balance between “open and welcoming” and “safe and secure.” The CJP Communal Security Initiative (CSI) recognizes that the purchase, installation, and maintenance of physical security systems involves financial costs, and for this reason we would like to draw your attention to three types of grants for which your organization may be eligible:

1. CJP CSI Physical Security Infrastructure Grants for synagogues, Chabads, and Jewish day schools in the CJP catchment area
2. Federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program grants (Accepting applications now!)
3. Commonwealth Nonprofit Security Grant Program grants

1. CJP CSI Physical Security Grants:

In 2020, CJP offered nearly $1 million towards physical security infrastructure grants for synagogues, Chabads, Jewish day schools, JCCs, and Early Learning Centers in the Greater Boston area. Please contact us for more information on future opportunities for these grants, eligibility, and application guidelines at

NEW: CJP CSI is offering to reimburse eligible institutions $1,500 to help defray the costs of hiring a professional grant writer to prepare Commonwealth or Federal security grant applications!
CJP CSI $1,500 Grant Eligibility Guidelines 2021

  • Synagogues and Chabads in the CJP catchment area are eligible for reimbursement for $1,500 towards the cost of hiring a professional grant writer
  • Other institutions functioning as synagogues and located in the CJP catchment area may be eligible and should submit the CJP CSI Grant Assistance form below for consideration
  • Interested institutions must apply for the CJP CSI Grant Assistance Support Program by Friday, March 12, in order to be eligible for reimbursement. Funds are limited and requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis
  • Institutions which successfully applied for and were awarded either the Commonwealth or Federal Nonprofit Security Grants from 2018–2020 are ineligible to receive the CJP CSI Application Support Grant

2. NEW 2021 Commonwealth Nonprofit Security Grant Program

In 2020, the Commonwealth Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s (EOPSS) Office of Grants and Research (OGR) offered nearly $1.5 million in funds to places of worship, faith-based community centers, and other similar institutions to enhance facility safety and security.  

The Commonwealth Nonprofit Security Grant Program just opened the grant submission window through Friday, March 12, 2021. For eligibility and additional information, please visit the Office of Grants and Research.
On Monday, March 1, at 10:00 a.m. ET, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) is sponsoring a webinar discussion on how to apply for the Commonwealth grant. To register for this webinar, please visit their website.

We are grateful for the work of our partners at JCRC Boston, who have lobbied tirelessly for the creation and expansion of this grant program. We encourage all eligible organizations to apply.

3. NEW 2021 Federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program

In 2020, the federal government allocated $90 million nationally for security enhancements and investments for nonprofits considered at high risk of terrorist attacks. Approximately $1.5 million of these funds were granted to Jewish organizations in Massachusetts. We have been advised that it is likely that FEMA will release the NSGP Notice of Funding Opportunity in late February 2021. Based on prior years’ experience, we expect there will be a brief window for grant application submission.

We encourage organizations to review the links below and to consider preparing a grant application. The links below pertain to the 2020 grant application period. However, requirements have been similar in previous years and will provide some additional context for potential applicants. These grants are available to organizations within the Metro-Boston area and also across the state. We encourage eligible institutions to apply.

You may also wish to review the Frequently Asked Questions for Nonprofit Organizations document.

Please note that nonprofit organizations must apply directly to their State Administrative Agency. In Massachusetts, this is the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS). Please sign up for the JEMS email list for information on 2021 submission deadlines and updated application instructions.

Additional Grant-Related Resources:

We invite you to visit this page again in the coming months and to register for the JEMS (Jewish Emergency Management System) to receive regular updates on this and other security funding opportunities.