Funding interoperability is an investment in public safety. Improving public safety radio communications will have a long-term impact on the health, safety and well-being of every person, family and business in Washington state.
Homeland Security Grant Programs
Here is a list of Available Grants including brief descriptions and contact information at the Homeland Security Section, Washington State Emergency Management Division
Interoperability Emergency Communication
Grant Program (IECGP)
IECGP 2010 - Applications were due 1/25/10
The Washington State Military Department, Emergency Management Division and the State Interoperability Executive Committee are pleased to announce the availability of $1 million for Washington State in federal grant funds to improve interoperable emergency communications.
The funds shall support 1) Gaps in Leadership and Governance, and Common Operational Planning and Protocols; and 2) Emergency Responder Skills and Capabilities Development through Training and Exercises. Equipment may be purchased if the two above priorities are met.
For local, regional, tribal jurisdictions and state agencies interested in applying for the FY2010 IECGP, please review the attached Grant Program Summary, Guidance, and related references.
- A declaration of interest was due by January 8, 2010 to: email@example.com.
Any questions regarding the grant process, please contact Blessing Guillermo, EMD-HLS Program Coordinator, 253-512-7463, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rural Area Communications Funding Opportunity
If you manage a rural area with population densities below 100 persons per square mile you may be eligible for rural emergency notification grant funding.
The application deadline is February 26, 2010.
Helpful Federal Documents
SAFECOM's Recommended Guidance for Federal Grant Programs (pdf 613kb). Prepared by Homeland Security's Office of Emergency Communications. This 11-page document is designed to help Federal grant programs target their funds to support National goals and objectives while simultaneously increasing the interoperable and emergency communications capabilities at the State and local levels of government. The document outlines recommended allowable costs and applications requirements for Federal grant programs providing funding for interoperable emergency communications.
How To Guide for Funding State and Local Wireless Networks (pdf 430kb). This 48-page document contains information on estimating network lifecycle funding requirements, developing a comprehensive funding strategy, implementing the funding strategy, and maintaining full funding for the network lifecycle.
Federal Grant Guidance/P25 (pdf 228 kb). This six page document from SAFECOM/Homeland Security/Office of Emergency Communications provides grant guidance and diagrams for P25 CAP (Compliance Assessment Program) SDoC (Supplier’s Declaration of Compliance) documents or P25 standards documents relevant to your LMR build Plans to:
- Tie Two Communications Systems Together—using portable or fixed gateways or bridging systems
- Build Out an Existing Analog or Digital Communications System — infrastructure (repeaters) and subscriber units
- Purchase a New LMR System — analog or digital, conventional or trunked
Grant Review Checklist (pdf 114 kb). This two-page checklist provides a number of helpful reminders from the National Association of Counties to help you prepare a successful grant submission.
2009 IECGP Applications were due December 10, 2009. The SIEC encouraged all local, regional and tribal entities related to enhancing interoperability in Washington State to apply.IECGP 2009 funds were awarded on July 2, 2009. View the list of grant recipients and project descriptions.
Grant Awards for the 2008 IECGP were announced September 17, 2008.
Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Grant
$19.1 million of available federal grant dollars were awarded to seven projects. A total of nearly $43 million dollars was requested in 23 applications which clearly demonstrates that more funding is needed to establish interoperability. SIEC and SAW members used Homeland Security specified criteria to score the grant applications.
- Summary of Awarded PSIC Projects (pdf 29kb)
- Peer review feedback for the six local grant recipients (pdf 48kb)
- PSIC Executive Summary and Timeline (pdf 32kb)
- Strategic Technology Review Waiver Request (pdf 613kb)
- Strategic Technology Review Response from the United States Department of Commerce (pdf 88kb)
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