Port Security Grant Program

To provide funds to port areas for the protection of critical port infrastructure from terrorism.

To assist ports enhancing maritime domain awareness, improving risk management capabilities to prevent, detect, respond to and recover from attacks involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and
other non-conventional weapons, as well as training and exercises and TWIC implementation.

Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Website Address


Program Accomplishments

Enhancements of facility/terminal/vessel (commuter or ferry service) access control, physical security, cargo security and passenger security.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used for costs associated with maritime domain awareness; IED prevention, protection, response, and recovery capabilities; training and exercises; and management administration.

The program guidance outlines uses and restrictions in detail.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

All entities covered by an Area Maritime Security Plan (AMSP) may submit an application for consideration of funding.

However, Congress has also specifically directed DHS to apply these funds to the highest risk ports within the United States.

In support of this, a total of 102 critical port areas1, representing approximately 95 percent of the foreign waterborne commerce of the United States, have been specifically identified.

In a number of cases, these port areas have also been grouped together to reflect geographic proximity, shared risk and a common waterway.

The following three entities are specifically encouraged to apply: 1) owners/operators of federally regulated terminals, facilities, or U.S.

inspected passenger vessels as defined in the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) 33 CFR Parts 101, 104, 105, and 106; 2) port authorities or other State and local agencies that provide layered security protection to federally regulated facilities in accordance with an AMSP or a facility or vessel security plan; and 3) consortia composed of local stakeholder groups (e.g., river groups, ports, and terminal associations) representing federally regulated ports, terminals, U.S.

inspected passenger vessels, or ferries that provide layered security protection to federally regulated facilities in accordance with an AMSP or a facility or vessel security plan.

Please refer to the program guidance and application kit for more details regarding applicant eligibility.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Critical national seaports and terminals.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is not covered under Executive Order 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs."

Application Procedures

Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.

Award Procedures

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.


Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.


Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of FY 2007, Public Law 110-53 and the Department of Homeland Security Appropriation Act, 2008 Division E, Consolidated Appropriation Act 2008, Public law 110-161.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. There is a matching requirement of 25 percent of total project costs for public sector entities and 50 percent for private sector entities.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Refer to program guidance. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures.

Post Assistance Requirements


Categorical Assistance Progress Reports (CAPR) are required semi-annually and are due within 30 days after the end of the reporting period (July 30 with a reporting period of January 1 through June 30, and January 30 with a reporting period of July 1 through December 31) for the life of the award.

Grantees are also required to submit quarterly Financial Status Reports (FSR).

The FSR are due 30 days after the end of each calendar quarter on January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30.

Final CAPR and FSR reports are due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award, whichever occurs first.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards (or receive property, or a combination of both, within the fiscal year) will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular A-133. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.


Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $312,269,793; FY 08 est $388,600,000; and FY 09 est $210,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

For regulations and guidelines, please refer to the program guidance and application kit.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Homeland Security 245 Murray Lane - Bldg. #410, Washington, DC 20528.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.

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