911 Grant Programs

Across the nation, 911 leaders continue to plan technology and operational upgrades for local, regional and state 911 systems. The 911 Grant Program provides grant funding to help 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) support efforts to provide citizens with optimal 911 services.

In 2009, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), acting through the Implementation Coordination Office (ICO), which is staffed by the NTIA and the National 911 Program, awarded more than $40 million in grants. The Next Generation 9-1-1 Advancement Act of 2012 reauthorized the 911 grant program with more than $100 million in 911 grant funds.

See below for a brief overview of the grant process stages:

Stage 1: FCC conducts AWS-3 spectrum auction (Nov 2014 – Feb 2015)
Stage 2: Auction proceeds transferred to Public Safety Trust Fund (May 2016)
Stage 3: Public Safety Trust Fund transfers funds to 911 Grant Program (Sept 2016)
Stage 4: NHTSA & NTIA draft joint grant regulations (August 2017)
 Stage 5: Public provides comments on draft regulations (In progress)
 Stage 6: Final regulations are published and grant applications accepted (Fall 2017)
 Stage 7: Grants are awarded (early 2018)

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Grant Program History

The ICO is preparing to award a second round of grants for the implementation and operation of 911 services, E911 services, migration to an IP-enabled emergency network, and adoption and operation of Next Generation 911 services and applications. In November 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) conducted the AWS-3 spectrum auction, which generated approximately $44.8 billion in revenue. Of that total, $115 million has been set aside for the 911 Grant Program.

NHTSA and NTIA are seeking comments on a notice of proposed rulemaking outlining implementing regulations for the 911 Grant Program. All members of the public, including the 911 community, are encouraged to provide written comments on the proposed rule. Comments must be received by November 5, 2017 at 5:00pm EST. All primary comments should include the docket number and be no longer than 15 pages. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

In the past, grantees have used these funds to upgrade their 911 systems to comply with Phase II wireless E911 requirements, implement Next Generation 911 technologies and make significant improvements in technology and emergency communication. Go to the E911 Grant Program page to learn more, and read the full report online here.