b'NEWSWIRENEWSWIRE Apply by June 13 for Port Security Grants& Transit Security GrantsThe Federal Emergency Management Agencyfunding round are (1) enhancing cybersecuritycost-share requirement: 25 percent for a public (FEMA), a subset of the U.S. Department ofand (2) improving the protection of soft tar- entity and 50 percent for a private entity. There Homeland Security, is now accepting propos- gets and crowded places, including ferry termi- is no cost-share requirement if the grant is for als for two competitive security grant programsnals and ferry vessels. $25,000 or less.that can help passenger vessel operators. The Port Security Grant program has $100 millionThe Transit Security Grant program providesThere is no cost-share requirement associated to award in fiscal 2022. The Transit Securityfundingtoownersandoperatorsofcertainwith a Transit Security Grant. However, an ap-Grant program has $93 million to distribute. public transit systems (including ferry systems)plicant must serve a designated urban area (list-to protect critical surface transportation and theing is found in grant information materials).Goals of the Port Security Grant program aretraveling public from acts of terrorism and to tohelpprotectcriticalportinfrastructureincrease the resilience of transit infrastructure. For detailed information about the Port Secu-fromterrorism,enhancemaritimedomainrity Grant program, view this link.awareness, improve port-wide maritime secu- The operator of a ferry system is eligible to ap-rity risk management, and maintain or re-es- ply for either a Port Security Grant or a TransitFor detailed information about the Transit Se-tablish maritime security mitigation protocolsSecurity Grant, but not both. curity Grant program, view this link.that support port recovery and resiliency capa-bilities. Points of emphasis in the fiscal 2022A Port Security Grant of over $25,000 has a NEWSWIRESenate Effort for More Fundingfor CERTS Grants, RFF Falls ShortT hePassengerVesselAssociationhasbe offsetting cuts elsewhere to compensate forPVA and its lobbying allies (American Bus As-worked hard and long to support legis- theadditionalspendingforCERTS,RRF,sociation, National Restaurant Association, lation to refill funding in the Treasuryand other pandemic aid programs. Those vot- etc.) will continue to seek other opportunities Departments CERTS (Coronavirus Econom- ing against the motion said that the modestto resuscitate this refill legislation, but this icReliefforTransportationServices)grantlevel of offsetting cuts contained in the billSenate vote was a serious and disappointing program and the Small Business Administra- was insufficient. setback.tions Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). Unfortunately, an effort by Senators CardinThefinalvotewas52-43,fallingshortofPVAcontinuestoadvocateforaseparate ofMarylandandWickerofMississippifellthe required 60 votes. The Passenger Vesselbipartisan bill that would retroactively state short in the U.S. Senate on May 19, 2022. TheAssociation thanks those Senators who votedthat a CERTS grant need not be included in Senate could not muster the necessary votesin favor, including Senators Murkowski ofa recipients gross income for federal income to invoke cloture that is, to overcome aAlaska, Collins of Maine, Cassidy of Louisi- taxpurposes(undercurrentlaw,CERTS threatened filibuster to block consideration ofana, Blunt of Missouri, and Wicker of Mis- grant funds are taxable).the bill, S. 4008. sissippi. PVA and individual vessel members had contacted each of them in advance of the The disagreement that prevented further con- vote (as well as other Senators who chose not sideration of the bill was whether there wouldto support the legislation).FOGHORN 44'