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The FY 2014 PSGP will focus on:
  • Strengthening governance integration;
  • Enhancing Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA);
  • Enhancing IED and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive (CBRNE) prevention, protection, response and supporting recovery capabilities within the maritime domain;
  • Enhancing cybersecurity capabilities;
  • Maritime security risk mitigation projects that support port resilience and recovery capabilities;
  • Training and exercises; and
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) implementation.



Funding Availability  


As noted in FEMA Grants Directorate Information Bulletin No. 398a, issued 08/06/2014, all funds have been allocated.


FEMA released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for FY 2014 PSGP funds on 03/18/2014.  A revision of the FOA was issued on 04/04/2014, with an executive review of the changes detailed in GPD IB No. 396. The Columbia Willamette Snake River System (CWSRS) is one of 83 Group II port regions who will compete for $45,000,000. All public & private entities on the CWSRS will compete with 82 other regions and their public & private entities. 


As a result of program funding levels, the Fiduciary Agent (FA) process will not be utilized in this round of funding.


Eligible Group II entities may submit one application per port area from which they operate, with up to 3 investments per application. Group I entities may submit up to 6 investments.


Grant recipients may use up to 5% of their award for management and administrative activities.


Individual PSGP projects (including construction projects) may not exceed $1,000,000 and must address USCG identified vulnerabilities in port security.


Applicants are required to complete a two stage application process directly to FEMA prior to 05/23/2014. Applicants are required to provide a cost-match of either 50% for private entities or 25% for public entities. A cost-match waiver is available and will be stringently considered by FEMA on an individual basis.


The performance period for projects remains at 24 months: ending 08/31/2016.


Funding Comparison




 Group I



 Group II











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 offering our experience in grant management and administration as a service to grant funding applicants.


Our practices have been proven through the successful application and award to FY-2012 and 2013 PSGP applicants. 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. The Merchants Exchange stays current on changing regulations, providing

                                                  programmatic and financial compliance for grant recipients.



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 2014 PSGP Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 03/18/14

GPD IB No. 396 Revised FY 2014 PSGP FOA 

FY 2014 PSGP Facts Sheet

FY 2014 PSGP Key Changes

IB No. 394 FY 2014 Preparedness Grants FOA 03/18/14

FY 2014 PSGP Investment Justification

FY 2014 PSGP Budget Detail Worksheet

Merchants Exchange FY 2013 PSGP Trifold Brochure

FEMA Grants Directorate Information Bulletin No. 398a