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2021 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP)

Grants to USA Local and State Agencies
and Port Authorities to Increase Port Security

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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05/14/21 5:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to USA local and state agencies and port authorities to increase port security and protect infrastructure. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended to improve port security through comprehensive risk management efforts.

The PSGP provides funds to state, local, and private sector maritime partners to support increased port-wide risk management and protect critical surface transportation infrastructure from acts of terrorism, major disasters, and other emergencies. Among the five basic homeland security missions noted in the DHS Strategic Plan, PSGP supports the goal to Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience.

The 2018-2022 FEMA Strategic Plan creates a shared vision for the field of emergency management and sets an ambitious, yet achievable, path forward to unify and further professionalize emergency management across the country. PSGP supports the goal of Readying the Nation for Catastrophic Disasters.

Finally, for FY 2021, DHS is focused on the criticality of information sharing and collaboration to building a national culture of preparedness and protecting against terrorism and other emerging threats to national security.

Given the evolving threat landscape, it is incumbent upon DHS/FEMA to continuously evaluate the national risk profile and set priorities that help ensure appropriate allocation of scarce security dollars. In assessing the national risk profile for FY 2021, one area attracts the most concern:

  1. Enhancing cybersecurity

Likewise, there are several enduring security needs that crosscut the homeland security enterprise. The following are second-tier priorities that help recipients implement a comprehensive approach to securing critical maritime transportation infrastructure:

  1. Enhancing the protection of soft targets/crowded places;
  2. Addressing emerging threats (e.g., transnational criminal organizations, weapons of mass destruction [WMD], unmanned aerial systems [UASs], etc.);
  3. Effective planning;
  4. Training and awareness campaigns;
  5. Equipment and capital projects; and
  6. Exercises.

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GrantWatch ID#: 154870

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Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: 36 months

Extensions to the period of performance are allowed. For additional information on period of performance extensions, please refer to the Preparedness Grants Manual.

Projected Period of Performance Start Date(s): 10/01/2021
Projected Period of Performance End Date(s): 09/30/2024


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All entities subject to an AMSP, 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 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.

A Port Area is a location on a coast, shore, or inland waterway containing one or more harbors where vessels can dock and transfer people or cargo to or from land. For the purpose of PSGP, the presence of MTSA-regulated facilities is the primary consideration of harbors that define a Port Area.

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Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates and Times:
a. Application Start Date: February 25, 2021
b. Application Submission Deadline: May 14, 2021 at 5:00 PM ET
c. Anticipated Funding Selection Date: No later than 7/16/2021
d. Anticipated Award Date: No later than 9/30/2021

Suggested deadlines for completion:
- Obtaining DUNS Number: Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Obtaining a valid EIN: Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Creating an account with Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Registering in SAM or Updating SAM registration: Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Registering in Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Starting application in Two weeks before actual submission deadline
- Submitting initial application in One week before actual submission deadline
- Submitting the final application in ND Grants: By the submission deadline

If you are going to apply for this funding opportunity and have not obtained an Employer Identification Number (EIN), a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, are not currently registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), or your SAM registration is not active, please take immediate action to obtain an EIN and DUNS Number, if applicable, and then register immediately in SAM or, if applicable, renew your SAM registration. It may take four weeks or more after you submit your SAM registration before your registration is active in SAM then an additional 24 hours for to recognize your information.

The FY 2021 PSGP has a cost share requirement. The non-federal entity contribution can be cash (hard match) or third-party in-kind (soft match), with the exception of construction activities, which must be a cash (hard) match. In-kind contributions are defined as third-party contributions.

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