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FEMA Preparedness Grant Program Announcement!!!

Apply NOW for 2017

The Federal Government, including the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency, has announced the timeline for 2017 Grant Application Process.

The timing of the FY 2017 appropriation will significantly compress the timeframe to announce and award these grants by September 30, 2017.  Therefore, it is important that you begin planning NOW for the FY 2017 preparedness grant funding process.  Grant applicants should expect a much shorter application period than in recent years, and potentially as short as three weeks.  Please plan accordingly by:

  • Preparing investment justifications in advance;
  • Ensuring your Unique Entity Identifier for the System for Award Management (SAM) registration is current and active;
  • Ensuring your Employer Identification Number (EIN) is current; and
  • Ensuring your Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number is current and active.

FY17 PSGP Grant Timeline (Anticipated)

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Release                                        06/02/2017
Applications submitted to FEMA                                                                       06/22/2017

Funding announcement of those selected applicants will occur on or before September 30, 2017.

Application Requirements (Read the NOFO)

Failing to complete the below steps will likely result in an invalid application!

 Applying for, update or verify DUNS:

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration/step-1-obtainduns-number.html

 Updating or verifying SAM:

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organizationregistration/step-2-register-with-sam.html

 Register, establish AOR, and apply in Grants.gov:

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration/step-3-username-password.html

 Applying for, updating or verifying their EIN (applying for an EIN can take 2 weeks!):

https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/apply-for-an-employeridentification-number-ein-online

 Submitting the final application NDGrants:

https://portal.fema.gov/famsVuWeb/home

Program Overview

Purpose: PSGP provides funds for transportation infrastructure security activities to implement Area Maritime Transportation Security Plans and public/private facility security plans among port authorities, facility operators, and state and local government agencies required to provide port security services

Eligibility: Ports with Maritime Transportation Security Administration (MTSA) regulatory requirements will be funded based on risk and competitive project review

Program Highlights

 Program funding is fully competitive. Eligible applicants apply directly to FEMA for funding within their local Port Area.  A non-federal cost share match (cash or in-kind) of no less than 25% of the total project cost is required

Proposed FY 2017 Funding Priorities

 Enhancing Maritime Domain Awareness

 Enhancing Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive (CBRNE) Prevention, Protection, Response, and supporting Recovery Capabilities

Port Resilience and Recovery Capabilities

Enhancing Cybersecurity Capabilities

Training and Exercises Equipment associated with Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Implementation

Examples of Funded Projects

 Rapid Response Boats:

  • High speed, 24/7 patrol boats critical for quick response to waterways or other maritime infrastructure equipment:
  • All life safety operations including fire suppression, evacuations, rescue of victims, dewatering, mass decontamination, swift transport of first responders to a waterborne or waterfront incident, and removal of victims from a vessel in distress

 Training and Exercises:

  • Live situational exercises involving various threat and disaster scenarios, table top exercises, and the debriefing of the exercises to continually improve utilization of plans and equipment procured with grant funding

 Expansion and hardening of TWIC compliant access control:

  • Installation of TWIC card and secure vehicle barriers, for activation during times of heightened security measures
  • Hardening of secondary access points to the Port, to include the addition of reinforced gates used to prevent un-authorized vehicles from accessing the perimeter of the Port

MARSEC is available to draft applications for 2017 Port Security Grants. Please contact Bob Gobert at bgmarsec@aol.com , (630) 399-3962.