The FY-16 PSGP will focus on:
  • Strengthening governance integration;
  • Enhancing strategic ports within the National Port Readiness Network;
  • 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, as identified in an Area Maritime Security Plan or facility security plan;
  • Training and exercises; and
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) implementation.



Funding Availability  



DHS/FEMA released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NoFO) for fiscal year (FY) 2016 PSGP funds on 02/16/16.


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-16. The Columbia-Willamette-Snake (CWSR) Port Area is one of over 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.


Typically, 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 08/31/2019


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
FY-2015 FY-2016
 $1,000,000 $1,000,000





For additional information please see the resource links below

or contact Katrina Dahlke at dahlke@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, 2014, and 2015 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 Katrina Dahlke at dahlke@pdxmex.com or(503) 220-2095.




Resource Links


FY-16 PSGP Notice of Funding Opportunity (02/16/16)

FY-16 PSGP Investment Justification Template

FY-16 PSGP Budget Detail Worksheet Template

FY-16 PSGP Sample MOU/MOA Template

FY-16 PSGP Key Changes

FY-16 PSGP Facts Sheet


SF-424C - Budget Information (Construction)

I.B. No. 408 - Fiscal Year 2016 Notices of Funding Opportunity


MEX FY 2016 PSGP Announcement 

Merchants Exchange FY 2016 PSGP Tri-Fold Announcement 


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


FEMA's Preparedness (Non-Disaster) Grants