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The Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) funding priorities are to:

  • Enhance Maritime Domain Awareness
  • Enhance IED and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive prevention, Protection Response, and Recovery Capabilities
  • Enhance Port Resilience and Recovery Capabilities
  • Provide Training and Exercises
  • Provide equipment associated with Transportation Worker Identification Credential implementation



Funding Availability 


As noted in FEMA Grants Directorate Information Bulletin No. 390, all funds have now been allocated and awarded.


FEMA released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for fiscal year 2013 PSGP funds on May 21, 2013.  The Columbia Willamette Snake River System (CWSRS) was one of 82 Group II port regions who competed for $37,282,925. All public & private entities on the CWSRS competed with 81 other regions and their public & private entities.  The Fiduciary Agent was again not exercised in this round of funding and the performance period remained at 24 months. Applicants were required to complete a two stage application process directly to FEMA prior to June 24, 2013. Applicants were able to apply for up to three projects and were required to provide a cost-match of either 50% for private entities or 25% for public entities/consortia. A cost-match waiver was available and was stringently considered by FEMA on an individual basis.




For additional information please see the resource links below

or contact Michael Moreno at or 503.220.2095



Contracted Grant Management & Administration


For the grant fiscal years 2007 Supplemental through 2011, the Merchants Exchange has gained direct experience in grant management and administration as the designated Fiduciary Agent and Direct Grantee for the Port Security Grant Program funds for the Columbia-Willamette-Snake River Port Area. The Merchants Exchange is prepared to offer our experience in grant management and administration as a service to grant funding applicants.


Our grant management and administration services have been proven through the successful application and award to a FY-2012 PSGP applicant. Our knowledge and skill in grant management and administration is further evident in our FEMA Region X Financial Monitoring Reports that resulted in zero findings.


Seize the opportunity to reduce the administrative responsibilities associated with being the steward of Federal funds and focus on the core operations of your project or investment.


Please visit our Grant Management & Administrative Services Homepage for service descriptions. 


For more information please contact Michael Moreno at 503-220-2095 or



Resource Links


FY 2013 PSGP Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 5/21/13

FY 2013 PSGP Facts Sheet

GPD IB No. 389 - FY 2013 Program Funding Opportunity Announcement 5/21/13

Merchants Exchange FY 2013 PSGP Announcement

FEMA Grants Directorate Information Bulletin No. 390


Maintenance Contracts and Warranty Coverage Funded by Preparedness Grants