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.