Federal 911 Funding
Across the nation, 911 leaders continuously plan technology and operational upgrades for local, regional and state 911 systems. Though these upgrades are expensive and resource-intensive, there are numerous federal grants and financial assistance opportunities available to support improving emergency communications across the country. Below you’ll find more information about many emergency calling federal funding program opportunities across agencies within the U.S. federal government.
Federal 911 Funding Program Opportunities
A wide range of federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice and Department of Health & Human Services, among others, offer financial assistance that may be applicable to 911 projects, including Next Generation 911 (NG911) and Enhanced 911.
List of Federal Financial Assistance Programs Funding Emergency Communications - Identifies federal grants, loans, and cooperative agreements that support emergency communications investments, and summarizes program descriptions including funding amounts, application deadlines, eligible applicants, and allowable cost that may relate to emergency communications. Periodic updates are posted throughout the year as new programs are announced.
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): List of Federal Financial Assistance Programs Funding Emergency Communications: Potential Applicability to 911 Projects (FY 2020/2021/2022 Appropriations)
FY 2022 SAFECOM Guidance on Emergency Communications Grants - Provides general information on eligible activities, technical standards, and other terms and conditions that are common to most federal emergency communications programs.
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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.
On August 9, 2019, the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Commerce announced more than $109 million in grants to 34 states and two tribal nations. (See the official press release and list of grant awards for more information.) Any state, the District of Columbia, U.S. territory or tribal organization that met the certification requirements was eligible to apply. Common questions about the 2019 grants are addressed in this FAQ.
Questions about National 911 Program-administered grants can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In September 2009, the Enhanced 911 Grant Program made more than $40 million in grants available to 30 states and territories to help 911 call centers nationwide upgrade equipment and operations. Read the Enhanced 911 (E911) Grant Program: Final Report to understand how those funds were used to improve 911 systems across the country.