The FY-15 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. 405, issued 07/28/2018, all funds have been allocated.


DHS/FEMA released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NoFO) for fiscal year (FY) 2015 PSGP funds on 04/02/15.


Historically DHS/FEMA created two eligible groupings. Group I consisted of the highest risk ports as determined by a DHS risk formula. Group II included all other eligible port areas. There are no group distinctions in FY-15. The Columbia-Willamette-Snake (CWSR) Port Area is one of 145 specifically identified critical ports who will compete for $100,000,000 on a national level. All public and private entities in the CWSR Port Area will be competing with the nation’s other regions and their public and private entities.


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


Individual PSGP projects (including construction projects) may not exceed $1,000,000.


PSGP projects must address USCG identified vulnerabilities in port security.


The performance period in the FY-15 PSGP is 36 months, ending 08/31/2018


Applicants may apply for 5 projects and are required to provide a cost-match of 25%. No distinction will be made between public and private sector applications.


Funding Comparison
 Group FY-2014 FY-2015
 Group I $55,000,000 $100,000,000
 Group II, All 
 Other Port Areas
 TOTAL $100,000,000




*** On behalf of Brian Kamoie, Assistant Administrator for Grant Programs, DHS/FEMA ***

March 26, 2015




You have provided consistent feedback about challenges with the current two-year period of performance for most of our preparedness grant programs, which has been in place since the Fiscal Year 2012 grant cycle. A primary reason for instituting that policy was to address the levels of unspent balances in the programs, which at the time were considered unacceptably high.


Thanks to your diligent fiscal management of the grants, over the 27-month period ending December 31, 2014, the level of unspent balances in the Fiscal Year 2008-2012 programs has declined from $8.7 billion to $1.2 billion. This represents an 86% decline in unspent balances, which is tremendous progress.


As a result of this progress, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has determined that the period of performance will return to three years for the Fiscal Year 2015 grant cycle for the preparedness grant programs listed below:


  • Homeland Security Grant Program
    • State Homeland Security Program 
    • Urban Areas Security Initiative
    • Operation Stonegarden 
  • Intercity Bus Security Grant Program 
  • Intercity Passenger Rail Security Grant Program
  • Nonprofit Security Grant Program 
  • Port Security Grant Program 
  • Transit Security Grant Program 
  • Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program

This change does not apply to grants made in Fiscal Year 2014 or earlier.  This change also does not apply to the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Programs or the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program.


As you know, in Information Bulletin #379 (February 17, 2012), we established strict period of performance extension review standards and processes.  Extension requests are granted only due to compelling legal, policy, or operational challenges.  We have applied the extension criteria outlined in Information Bulletin #379 in an objective, transparent, and repeatable manner.  Since August 2012, we have processed 484 extension requests, of which:

  • 254 have been approved (52.5%);
  • 83 have been partially denied (17.1%); and
  • 147 have been denied (30.4%)

We will continue to apply rigorous standards to extension requests under a three-year period of performance.  These standards have improved grant management and oversight, accelerated drawdown rates, and reduced the level of unspent balances.


Thank you for your fiscal stewardship of the grant programs.  As always, please contact me or our team if we can be of assistance to you as you do the important work of building the capabilities necessary to improve the security and resilience of the United States.


Brian Kamoie

Assistant Administrator for Grant Programs




For additional information please see the resource links below

or contact Michael Moreno at moreno@pdxmex.com 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-2012,2013 and 2014 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.  


Visit our Grant Management & Administrative Services Homepage for service descriptions. 


For more information please contact Michael Moreno at moreno@pdxmex.com or(503) 220-2095.




Resource Links


FY-15 PSGP Notice of Funding Opportunity (04/02/15)

FY-15 PSGP Investment Justification Template

FY-15 PSGP Budget Detail Worksheet Template

FY-15 PSGP Sample MOU/MOA Template

FY-15 PSGP Key Changes

FY-15 PSGP Facts Sheet


SF-424C - Budget Information (Construction)

I.B. No. 403 - Fiscal Year 2015 Notices of Funding Opportunity

I.B. No. 405 - Fiscal Year 2015 Preparedness Grant Programs Allocation Announcement


MEX FY-2015 PSGP Announcement 


GPD IB No. 400 - FEMA's Implementation of 2 CFR Part 200


FEMA's Preparedness (Non-Disaster) Grants