PORT SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM (PSGP) - Fiscal Year (FY) 2015
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.
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Other Port Areas
*** 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:
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:
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.
Assistant Administrator for Grant Programs
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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.
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