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Port Security Grant Program (PSGP)

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)


    The Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System by supporting the building, sustainment, and delivery of core capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient Nation. Delivering core capabilities requires the combined effort of the whole community, rather than the exclusive effort of any single organization or level of government.

    In FY 2020, the following PSGP projects will receive priority consideration:

    • Enhancing the protection of soft targets/crowded places;
    • Enhancing weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and improvised explosive device (IED) prevention, detection, response, and recovery capabilities;
    • Enhancing cybersecurity; and
    • Addressing emergent threats, such as unmanned aerial systems (UAS)

    Likewise, there are several enduring security needs that crosscut the Transportation Sector and form a second tier of priorities that help ensure a comprehensive approach to securing the Nations transportation systems. These are (1) Effective planning; (2) Training and awareness campaigns; (3) Equipment and capital projects; and (4) Exercises.

    PSGP funds may be used for the following types of equipment provided it will be used in direct support of maritime security risk mitigation:

    • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for maritime security providers
    • Explosive device response and remediation equipment for maritime security providers
    • CBRNE detection equipped patrol watercraft vessel/small boat used to directly support maritime security for a facility or within a Port Area
    • Information sharing technology; components or equipment designed to share maritime security risk information and maritime all hazards risk information with other agencies
    • Maritime security risk mitigation interoperable communications equipment
    • CBRNE decontamination equipment for direct maritime security providers and MTSAregulated industry
    • Terrorism incident prevention and response equipment for maritime security risk mitigation
    • Physical security enhancement equipment (e.g., fences, blast resistant glass, turnstiles, hardened doors and vehicle gates)
    • Equipment such as portable fencing, CCTVs, passenger vans, mini-buses, etc. to support secure passage of vessel crewmembers through a MTSA facility
    • CBRNE detection equipped patrol vehicles/vessels, provided they will be used primarily for port/facility security and/or response operations.
    • Marine firefighting vessels,
    • Firefighting foam and Purple-K Powder (PKP) may be purchased by public fire departments, which have jurisdictions in a Port Area and would respond to an incident at an MTSA regulated facility. MTSA facilities may also receive funding for this purpose.
    • Equipment in support of resiliency such as interoperable communications, intrusion prevention/detection, physical security enhancements, and software and equipment needed to support essential functions during a continuity situation
    • Generators with appropriate capability (size) to provide back-up systems and equipment that support Maritime Domain Awareness

    A comprehensive listing of allowable equipment categories and types is found in the DHS Authorized Equipment List (AEL) at:


    History of Funding

    The FY19 allocation under the Port Security Grant Program was $100,000,000.

    Additional Information

    Public safety entities may request funding to enhance their FirstNet operational capabilities using broadband technology may seek grant funding to support the following:

    • Planning for integration of information technology (IT) infrastructure, software, and site upgrades necessary to connect to FirstNet.
    • Handheld broadband devices including smartphones, feature phones, tablets, wearables, push-to-talk (PTT) devices.
    • Vehicle-mounted or otherwise field operated data devices such as ruggedized laptops.
    • Network access devices including portable Wi-Fi devices, Universal Serial Bus (USB) modems/dongles, trunk-mounted modems, routers.
    • Customer Owned and Managed (COAM) broadband deployable equipment, enabling public safety to own and dispatch coverage expansion or capacity enhancement equipment within their jurisdiction.
    • Broadband device accessories that enable efficient and safe public safety operations such as headsets, belt clips, ear pieces, remote Bluetooth sensors, ruggedized cases.
    • Subscriber Identification Modules (SIMs)/Universal Integrated Circuit Cards (UICCs) to allow public safety users to update existing devices to operate on public safety prioritized services.
    • One-time purchase and subscription-based applications for public safety use which could include, among a number of other options, enterprise mobility management (EMM), mobile device management (MDM), mobile Virtual Private Network (VPN), identify services, or cloud service tools. 

    As FirstNet is built out in all 56 states and territories and coverage and capacity for first responders expands, recipients are strongly encouraged to coordinate with the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) and FirstNet on (1) the planning, deployment timelines, and operational availability of the network deployment within a specific state or territory; (2) to ensure the project does not conflict with network planning efforts; and (3) that the project complies with all technical requirements.


    FEMA Call Center

    FEMA Call Center
    500 C Street SW
    Washington, DC 20472
    (866) 927-5646

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are entities subject to an Area Maritime Transportation Security Plan (AMSP). Such agencies include, but are not limited to Port authorities; Facility operators; and State and local government agencies.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by April 15, 2020. A similar deadline is anticipated annually. 

    Award Details

    Up to $100,000,000 is available in total funding for FY 2020. Cost sharing/matching of 25% is required for public sector and non-governmental, nonprofit applicants. Cost sharing/matching of 50% is required for for-profit applicants. Project periods will extend up to 36-months, starting September 1, 2020.

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