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FY2021 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP)

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The FY2021 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) is one of four grant programs that constitute DHS/FEMA’s focus on transportation infrastructure security activities. PSGP provides funds to U.S. 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.

Highlighted funding priorities for the FY2021 PSGP grants include:

  • Physical security enhancements at cruise and ferry terminals and/or aboard ferries such as explosive detection canine teams, CCTV, and security screening equipment for people and baggage
  • Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) prevention, detection, response, and recovery equipment
  • UAS detection technologies
  • Rapid response boats for preventing or responding to security incidents on waterways, especially in and around airports, cruise terminals, ferry terminals
  • Development of: Port-wide Security Risk Management Plans, Continuity of Operations Plans, Response Plans
  • Conduct of Cybersecurity Risk Assessments
  • Projects that address identified cybersecurity vulnerabilities
  • Active shooter training
  • Shipboard firefighting training
  • Public awareness/preparedness campaigns
  • Maritime domain awareness projects
  • Implementing risk management projects that support port resilience and recovery
  • Implementing physical security enhancement projects
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) projects
  • Response exercises

DHS/FEMA anticipates awarding up to 240 grants across the nation and territories from a pool of funding of approximately $100,000,000. The period of performance for funding under this mechanism is from 1 October 2021 – 30 September 2024.

Additional details on funding eligibility are available at Grants.gov: DHS-21-GPD-056-00-01. The current close date for applications is 14 May 2021.

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