Port Security Grant Program (PSGP)

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Provides $100 million to help protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism, enhance maritime domain awareness, improve port-wide maritime security risk management, and maintain or reestablish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency capabilities.


The FY 2016 PSGP is one of the Department’s grant programs that directly support maritime transportation infrastructure security activities.  PSGP is one tool in the comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by the Administration to strengthen the Nation’s critical infrastructure against risks associated with potential terrorist attacks. The vast majority of U.S. maritime critical infrastructure is owned and operated by state, local, and private sector maritime industry partners.  PSGP funds available to these entities are intended to improve port-wide maritime security risk management; enhance maritime domain awareness; support maritime security training and exercises; and to maintain or reestablish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency capabilities.  PSGP investments must address Coast Guard and Area Maritime Security Committee identified vulnerabilities in port security and support the prevention, detection, response, and/or recovery from attacks involving improvised explosive devices (IED) and other non-conventional weapons.

Pursuant to the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, as amended (MTSA), DHS established a risk based grant program to support maritime security risk management.  Funding is directed towards the implementation of Area Maritime Security Plans (AMSP) and Facility Security Plans (FSP) among port authorities, facility operators, and state and local government agencies that are required to provide port security services.  In administering the grant program, national, economic, energy, and strategic defense concerns based upon the most current risk assessments available will be considered.

Ferry systems are eligible to participate in the FY 2016 PSGP and receive funds.  However, any ferry system that participates and accepts awards under the FY 2016 PSGP is not eligible for the FY 2016 Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP).  Likewise, any ferry systems that applied for funding under TSGP will not be considered for funding under the PSGP.

By law, DHS must direct these funds to the Nation’s highest risk ports.  Eligible entities within other Port Areas covered by an AMSP are also able to apply for PSGP funds.

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