Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Transportation released the preliminary funding allocations for the 911 Grant Program that will offer up to $110 million to help states, territories, tribal organizations and the District of Columbia upgrade their 911 call centers to Next Generation (NG911) capabilities.
The 911 Grant Program, which is jointly administered by the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Transportation Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), provides funding to upgrade today’s 911 services so that citizens, first responders, and 911 call-takers can use up-to-date technologies to coordinate emergency responses.
“Modernizing our 911 call centers so they have access to the latest technologies will help emergency responders quickly get help where and when it is needed,” said David Redl, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator. “In an emergency, the public safety community must have every tool at its disposal to keep Americans safe.”
The program is now accepting complete applications from entities that met the program’s initial certification requirements. A revision to the program’s Notice of Funding Opportunity, which includes a chart listing all eligible applicants, along with estimated preliminary funding allocations for the three-year program, is available on grants.gov (posted under the ‘Related Documents’ tab). Complete application packets must be submitted electronically through grants.gov by April 2, 2019.