Port Security Grant Program (PSGP)

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    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. The goal of PSGP is strengthened port-wide risk management and protection of critical surface transportation infrastructure from acts of terrorism, major disasters, and other emergencies.

    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 2024, two areas attract the most concern:

    • Enhancing cybersecurity; and
    • Enhancing the protection of soft targets/crowded places. 

    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:

    • Effective planning;
    • Training and awareness campaigns;
    • Equipment and capital projects; and
    • Exercises.

    A comprehensive listing of allowable equipment categories and types is found in the DHS Authorized Equipment List (AEL) at: http://www.fema.gov/authorized-equipment-list


    History of Funding

    The FY20 allocation under the Port Security Grant Program was $100,000,000. A list of awards is available to view here: https://aapa.files.cms-plus.com/2020%20PSGP%20Recipients.pdf

    The FY21 allocation under the Port Security Grant Program was $100,000,000. A list of awards is available to view here, beginning on page 13: https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_ib-464-fy-2021-award-announcement_71321.pdf

    The FY22 allocation under the Port Security Grant Program was $100,000,000. A list of awards is available to view here, beginning on page 15: https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_information-bulletin-476-fy222-award-announcement-gpd.pdf

    The FY23 allocation under the Port Security Grant Program was $100,000,000. A list of awards is available to view here, beginning on page 14: https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_grants_ib-490_fy23-award-announcement-preparedness-grants.pdf

    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. 

    Administrative and National Policy Requirements

    In addition to the requirements of in this section and in this NOFO, FEMA may place specific terms and conditions on individual awards in accordance with 2 C.F.R. Part 200.

    In addition to the information regarding DHS Standard Terms and Conditions and Ensuring the Protection of Civil Rights, see the Preparedness Grants Manual for additional information on administrative and national policy requirements, including the following:

    • Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation (EHP) Compliance
    • FirstNet
    • National Incident Management System (NIMS) Implementation


    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 June 24, 2024. A similar deadline is anticipated annually. 

    Award Details

    Up to $90,000,000 is available in total funding for FY 2024. 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, 2024.

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