In fiscal year (FY) 2022, the Department of Homeland Security is providing $100 million to promote sustainable, risk-based efforts to protect critical port infrastructure from acts of terrorism.
The FY 2022 Port Security Grant Program is one of four grant programs that constitute the DHS/Federal Emergency Management Agency’s focus on transportation infrastructure security activities. These grant programs are part of a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by DHS to help strengthen the nation’s critical infrastructure against potential terrorist attacks. The PSGP provides funds to state, local, territorial and private sector partners to support increased port-wide risk management and protect critical surface transportation infrastructure from acts of terrorism.
In FY 2022, the total amount of funds under PSGP is $100 million. The FY 2022 program is focused on supporting increased maritime cybersecurity, port-wide maritime security risk management, enhancing maritime domain awareness, supporting maritime security training and exercises, and maintaining or reestablishing maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resilience capabilities. PSGP investments must address U.S. Coast Guard and Area Maritime Security Committee identified vulnerabilities in port security.
All entities subject to an Area Maritime Security Plan, as defined by 46 U.S.C. § 70103(b), may apply for PSGP funding. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, port authorities, facility operators, and state, territorial, and local government agencies. A facility operator owns, leases, or operates any structure or facility of any kind located in, on, under, or adjacent to any waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. Examples of facility operators include, but are not limited to, terminal operators, ferry systems, bar/harbor pilots, and merchant’s exchanges.
Ferry systems that elect to participate under the FY 2022 PSGP are not considered for funding under the FY 2022 Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP). Likewise, any ferry system that elects to participate in the FY 2022 TSGP is not considered for funding under the FY 2022 PSGP.
Please refer to the FY 2022 PSGP funding notice for additional information on eligibility.
PSGP recipients will be selected for funding through a competitive review process as outlined in the FY 2022 PSGP funding notice. Applicants will receive a 20% increase to their scores for addressing one or more of the following National Priority Areas in their Investment Justifications:
- Enhancing cybersecurity; and
- Enhancing the protection of soft targets and crowded places.
Projects submitted by a public sector applicant or projects otherwise certified by the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port as having a port-wide benefit will have their final scores increased by a multiplier of 10%.
Applying for an award under the PSGP is a multi-step process. Applicants are encouraged to register early, as the registration process can take four weeks or more to complete. Registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required submission deadlines. Please refer to Section D in the FY 2022 PSGP NOFO for detailed information and instructions.
Eligible applicants must submit their initial application at least seven days prior to the June 13, 2022, application deadline through the Grants.gov portal at www.grants.gov. Applicants needing Grants.gov support should contact the Grants.gov customer support hotline at (800) 518-4726 24 hours per day, seven days per week except federal holidays.
Eligible applicants will be notified by FEMA within one to two business days and asked to proceed with submitting their complete application package in the Non-Disaster (ND) Grants System by the application deadline. Applicants needing technical support with the ND Grants System should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 865-4076, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET.
Completed applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. ET on June 13, 2022.
There are a variety of resources available to address programmatic, technical and financial questions, including:
- The FY 2022 PSGP funding notice is located online.
- The FEMA Preparedness Grants Manual.
- For additional program-specific information, please contact the Centralized Scheduling and Information Desk (CSID) help line at (800) 368-6498 or AskCSID@fema.dhs.gov. CSID hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.
- For support regarding financial grants management and budgetary technical assistance, applicants may contact the FEMA Award Administration Help Desk via e-mail to ASK-GMD@fema.dhs.gov.