911 Grant Program

The 911 Grant Program provides grant funding to support state and local efforts to deliver optimal 911 services. The funding may be used 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.

Review of the initial applications for the 911 Grant Program is complete. Preliminary funding allocations are available and the complete application process is now open. Application packets are due by April 2, 2019.

Who Can Apply

Any State, the District of Columbia, U.S. Territory or Tribal Organization that submitted an initial application package and met the program’s certification requirements is eligible to submit a complete application packet. A chart listing all eligible applicants, along with estimated preliminary funding allocations, is available on www.grants.gov.

Cost Sharing Requirement

The 911 Grant Program requires cost sharing, also known as a matching funds requirement. The federal share of the total cost of any activity carried out under the Grant Program may not exceed 60% of the eligible cost of carrying out grant activities.

Application Requirements

The 911 Grant Program Final Rule and Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) describing application components in detail are available online. Eligible applicants must submit a complete application packet as described in the NOFO. In addition to specified standard grant forms, the complete application packet includes a State/Tribal Organization 911 Plan, a project budget, and an optional supplemental project budget. Complete application packets must be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov by April 2, 2019. NHTSA and NTIA will review all complete application packets and will then make awards.

Helpful Information

Frequently Asked Questions are available online, as well as a recorded webinar explaining details about requirements for the 911 Grant Program.

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 (November 2017)
Stage 6: Final regulations are published (August 2018)
  Stage 7: Grant applications accepted
  Stage 8: Grants are awarded

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2009 Grant Program Implementation

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 grants, which were authorized by the ENHANCE 911 Act, were available for hardware, software, training or consulting services that directly benefit public safety answering points (PSAPs) in upgrading equipment and operations.

Grants were awarded to 30 states and territories in amounts ranging from $200,000 to $5.4 million. Learn more about the success of the previous grant program here.

More Information

911 Grant Program FAQs

Enhanced 911 Grant Program

Additional Federal Funding Programs

SAFECOM Guidance on Emergency Communications Grants 2018

Questions about National 911 Program administered grants can be sent to nhtsa.national911@dot.gov.