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

Port Security Grant Program (PSGP)


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
CFDA Number: 97.056
Funding or PIN Number: DHS-23-GPD-056-00-01
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/18/23 5:00 PM ET Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories 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 for Fiscal Years 2020-2024, the PSGP supports the goal to Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience.

The 2022-2026 FEMA Strategic Plan outlines three bold, ambitious goals in order to position FEMA to address the increasing range and complexity of disasters, support the diversity of communities FEMA serves, and complement the nation’s growing expectations of the emergency management community. The PSGP supports Goal 3 to Promote and Sustain a Ready FEMA and Prepared Nation.

For FY 2023, DHS is focused on the criticality of information sharing and collaboration to building a national culture of preparedness and protecting against terrorism and other 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 2023, two areas warrant the most concern:

  1. Enhancing cybersecurity; and
  2. 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:

  1. Effective planning;
  2. Training and awareness campaigns;
  3. Equipment and capital projects; and
  4. Exercises.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

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, local, and territorial 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, eligible ports included those identified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Principal Port List (PPL) as well as unlisted ports which have the presence of MTSA-regulated facilities.

For additional eligibility criteria, see p. 13 of the NOFO in Supporting Documents.

For funding restrictions, see p. 34 of the NOFO in Supporting Documents.

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates and Times:
- Application Start Date: February 27, 2023
- Application Submission Deadline: May 18, 2023 at 5 p.m. ET
- Anticipated Funding Selection Date: No later than July 21, 2023
- Anticipated Award Date: No later than September 30, 2023

An eligible entity may submit only one application within each Port Area.

To apply for an award under this program, all applicants must:
- Apply for, update, or verify their Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number from and Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service
- Have an account with
- Create a account
Required registrations may take up to four weeks to complete.

For this funding opportunity, FEMA requires applicants to submit initial applications through and a final application through ND Grants.

The FY 2023 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.

For additional details on the cost share requirement, see p. 16 of the NOFO in Supporting Documents.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract
Period of Performance: 36 months

Projected Period of Performance Start Date(s): September 1, 2023
Projected Period of Performance End Date(s): August 31, 2026

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

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