Total Funding Available in FY 2013: $93,207,313
Purpose: The FY 2013 PSGP is one of the Department’s FY 2013 grant programs that directly support maritime transportation infrastructure security activities. PSGP is one tool in the comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by the Administration to strengthen the Nation’s critical infrastructure against risks associated with potential terrorist attacks.
The vast majority of U.S. maritime critical infrastructure is owned and/or operated by State, local, and private sector maritime industry partners. PSGP funds available to these entities are intended to improve port-wide maritime security risk management; enhance maritime domain awareness; support maritime security training and exercises; and to maintain or reestablish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency capabilities. PSGP investments must address Coast Guard identified vulnerabilities in port security and support the prevention, detection, response, and/or recovery from attacks involving improvised explosive devices (IED) and other non-conventional weapons.
The FY 2013 PSGP plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System (NPS) by supporting the building, sustainment, and delivery of core capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal (NPG) of a secure and resilient Nation. The building, sustainment, and delivery of these core capabilities are not exclusive to any single level of government, organization, or community, but rather, require the combined effort of the whole community. The FY 2013 PSGP supports core capabilities across the five mission areas of Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery based on allowable costs.
Eligible Applicants: Pursuant to the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, as amended (MTSA), DHS established a risk based grant program to support maritime security risk management. Funding is directed towards the implementation of Area Maritime Security Plans (AMSP) and Facility Security Plans (FSP) among port authorities, facility operators, and State and local government agencies that are required to provide port security services. In administering the grant program, national, economic, energy, and strategic defense concerns based upon the most current risk assessments available shall be taken into account.
Certain ferry systems are eligible to participate in the FY 2013 PSGP and receive funds. However, any ferry system electing to participate and receive funds under the FY 2013 PSGP will not be eligible to participate under the FY 2013 Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) and will not be considered for funding under the FY 2013 TSGP. Likewise, any ferry system that participates in the TSGP will not be eligible for funding under the PSGP.
By law, DHS must direct these funds to the Nation’s highest risk ports. To comply with this requirement, the PSGP covers a total of 145 ports identified as critical. Based upon USCG recommendations, these ports are aggregated into 90 discrete port funding areas. Eligible entities within other Port Areas covered by an AMSP may also apply for PSGP funds.
Program Awards: DHS has apportioned a percentage of the total amount available to each of the port area groups. Port areas will compete for funding within their specific group.