Port Security Grant Program (PSGP)

This is a Department of Homeland Security program that will be administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate. The program will provide grant funding to port areas for the protection of critical port infrastructure from terrorism. PSGP funds are primarily intended to assist ports in enhancing maritime domain awareness, enhancing risk management capabilities to prevent, detect, respond to and recover from attacks involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs), weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and other non-conventional weapons, as well as training and exercises and Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) implementation. Financial assistance will be allocated on a competitive basis to ports that have been categorized into DHS-defined risk groups. ARRA allocated $150 million for Port Security Grants to be distributed by FEMA.

CFD submitted Investment Justifications under the PSGP requesting $850,000 in order to purchase security and emergency response equipment. The requested equipment will enhance the CFD Homeland Security operations capabilities in monitoring and responding to situations on area waterways, including the Ohio River, the Mill Creek, the Little Miami River, and the Duck Creek. The request includes $700,000 for two multi-mission work boats and $150,000 for a floating dock on the Ohio River.