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.

The 911 Grant Program is currently open and accepting applications. Please see below for details and click here for Frequently Asked Questions.

Who Can Apply

All States, the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories and Tribal Organizations are eligible for a grant and are encouraged to apply.

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.

Regulations and Application Requirements

The 911 Grant Program Final Rule and the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) describing application components in detail are available online.

Application Process

Step 1: Those who intend to apply for a grant must submit an initial application package, including identification of a designated 911 Coordinator and the required certification, via nhtsa.national911@dot.gov by September 10, 2018.

Once applicants have submitted the initial application, NHTSA and NTIA will publish preliminary funding allocations for each of the States or Tribal Organizations meeting the certification requirements on www.grants.gov.

Step 2: Eligible applicants will submit a complete 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 packages must be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov.

NHTSA and NTIA will review all complete application packets and will then make awards.

Helpful Information

Additional assistance to understand grant requirements and complete the application process is available in a recorded webinar here.

911 Grant Program FAQs

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.