Port Security Grant Program (ARRA)

To create a sustainable program for the protection of regulated ports from terrorism, with special emphasis on construction projects which address the most significant risks and can also be completed in a timely fashion.

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


Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Superior, City Of (inc) $ 13,329   2013-09-012015-08-31
Trenton, City Of $ 34,020   2013-09-012015-08-31
Delaware City Refining Company Llc $ 451,133   2013-09-012015-08-31
South Jersey Port Corporation $ 0   2013-09-012015-08-31
Beverly, City Of $ 356,465   2009-09-012012-08-31
Massachusetts Port Authority $ 1,896,000   2009-09-012012-08-31
Hyannis Harbor Tours, Inc. $ 43,215   2009-09-012012-08-31
New Bedford, City Of (inc) $ 1,531,125   2009-09-012012-08-31
Nantucket, County Of $ 225,000   2009-09-012012-08-31
Barnstable, Town Of $ 125,551   2009-09-012012-08-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

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.

Priority for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) will be given to construction projects which address the most significant risks and can also be completed in a timely fashion.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Local (includes State-designated lndian Tribes, excludes institutions of higher education and hospitals: Maritime

Beneficiary Eligibility



Public Law 111-5, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Section 1511 Certifications: With respect to covered funds made available to State or local governments for infrastructure investments, the Governor, mayor, or other chief executive, as appropriate, shall certify that the infrastructure investment has received the full review and vetting required by law and that the chief executive accepts responsibility that the infrastructure investment is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars. Such certification shall include a description of the investment, the estimated total cost, and the amount of covered funds to be used, and shall be posted on a website and linked to the website established by section 1526 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A State or local agency may not receive infrastructure investment funding from funds made available in this Act unless this certification is made and posted. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. 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.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate for application deadlines.


Maritime Transportation Security Act (46 U.S.C. §70107); Public Law 111-5, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.This program has no statutory formula. This program does not have MOE requirements.

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. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No information provided.

Post Assistance Requirements


(1) The total amount of recovery funds received from that agency; (2) The amount of recovery funds received that were obligated and expended to projects or activities.

This reporting will also included unobligated Allotment balances to facilitate reconciliations.

(3) A detailed list of all projects or activities for which recovery funds were obligated and expended, including--(A) The name of the project or activity; (B) A description of the project or activity; (C) An evaluation of the completion status of the project or activity; (D) An estimate of the number of jobs created and the number of jobs retained by the project or activity; and (E) For infrastructure investments made by State and local governments, the purpose, total cost, and rationale of the agency for funding the infrastructure investment with funds made available under this Act, and name of the person to contact at the agency if there are concerns with the infrastructure investment.

Financial Status Reports.

Program Progress Reports.

Detailed information on any subcontracts or subgrants awarded by the recipient to include the data elements required to comply with the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-282), allowing aggregate reporting on awards below $25,000 or to individuals, as prescribed by the Director of OMB.

Subrecipient monitoring.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that receive financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. 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 pro


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

70-0563-0-1-402 - TAFS: 70 0563.


(Project Grants) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $150,000,000; FY 10 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

OMB Memorandum M-09-10 Subject: Initial Implementing Guidance for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Homeland Security/FEMA Techworld Building, Suite 400, Attention:  Control Desk, 500 C St SW, Washington 20472 Email: askcsid@dhs.gov Phone: 1-800-368-6498

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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

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