Cal OES announces $39 million in awards to help nonprofit and faith-based organizations enhance security and safety

Reinforcing efforts to protect Californians from hate-motivated violence, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services announced awarding $39 million to 193 community groups across the state. This announcement follows Governor Gavin Newsom’s additional $20 million investment in the program last October to further the state’s efforts to bolster safety and security at nonprofit organizations.

Funding for the program, which was approved by Newsom and the legislature in the 2023-24 state budget, provides grants for physical security enhancements to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk for violent attacks and hate crimes due to ideology, beliefs or mission. Since the inception of the program in 2015, the state has awarded $152,750,000 in state funding to 924 community groups.

“These important security investments will help protect diverse communities across the state from acts of violence and hate,” said  Newsom. “Regardless of background, faith, or identity, every Californian deserves safety and security.”

The California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program experienced pronounced demand. Over the past few months, the state reviewed a record 1,254 applications – in aggregate totaling over $255 million in need in communities across California, nearly double the previous record.

This competitive, rigorous process is administered by Cal OES. Possible security enhancements include:

  • Reinforced doors.
  • Gates.
  • High-intensity lighting and access control systems.
  • Inspection and screening systems.

Funds are awarded through a competitive grant process for which organizations, particularly those targeted on the basis of race, religious affiliation, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, immigration status or similar criteria may apply.

“We hope the resources provided through these grants will help local organizations take proactive steps to enhance their security,” said Nancy Ward, Director of Cal OES.

Applications are graded using scored criteria set out in the request for proposal, taking into consideration the risk of specific threat, vulnerability and infrastructure requirements.

To see the breakdown that shows the distribution of funds awarded today visit