MPS-ISAO Warning Report, “Malicious Port Security Grant-Themed Email“. The MPS-ISAO received an email sample from a U.S. Port customer this morning, and have confirmed that it is malicious. The distribution list for this port security grant-themed email was over 500. Please click here to see the report for email indicators.
Thanks Lester Millet for the report.
Lester J. Millet III, LEM
Safety Agency Risk Manager / FSO Workgroup Chairman
Port of South Louisiana
Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA posted the 2018 Port Security Grant Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Federal allocation this year is $100 million, more than last year. However, for private, for profit companies, the federal match is 50/50 vs the 25%/75% if last year. Which means, that if a recipient applies for $100,000 in funding for an appropriate security project, DHS will award $50,000 and the company receiving the award will need to provide $50,000 in matching funds.
That may make the grants program less attractive for many companies; however, it is logical that fewer will apply, so the chances of winning an award may be better than last year.
The deadline for filing applications is June 20th – we have less than 30 days.
In the last few years, Don Greenwood & Associates Inc. has help clients write and submit ten grant applications and have won awards for eight of the ten, including the largest award given to a private company in 2016 – just under $1 million dollars. Writing successful grant applications depends on the consultant’s ability to draft a persuasive argument that the facility in question needs the award to support the goals of the larger community, the Area Maritime Committee, as well as the submitting company and port facility.
Contact us at 281-435-2339 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Port Security Grants possibly announced in two weeks.
FEMA Grant Programs Directorate provided a presentation regarding the FY2017 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP).
- Announcement expected May 19, 2017.
- Grants will need to be submitted to FEMA by June 19, 2017.
- Anticipated to be for the same amount as FY2016, $100,000,000.00.
- Funding priorities remain the same as 2016:
- Enhancing Maritime Domain Awareness
- TWIC Readers
- Cybersecurity Capabilities
- Training and Exercises, etc.
- Cost sharing remains the same as 2016, 25/75 split.
To read more about the PSCP, click here and here.
Last year the 2016 PSGP Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) was released mid-February and applications had to be submitted by late April. It looks like this year, we will have to wait until late April or early May before the NOFO is released.
DHS/FEMA has an approved budget of $93 million for the 2017 PSGP, but are currently operating under a Continuing Resolution. The 2017 PSGP documents have been prepared and some are posted in draft. However, the actual launch of the program until the federal budget is approved. Again, this is expected in April.
This delay should not keep applicants from making sure their registrations are up to date and making sure they have a plan in place. This gives applicants more time to prepare their Investment Justifications (IJs) and ensure that their project budgets are ready to go when the NOFO is released.
To read more about preparing for the 2017 PSGP, click here.