Funding Resources

These resources are available to help state, local, tribal, and territorial governments to identify available funding sources, plan emergency communications projects for federal grants, and inform decision-makers on the importance of funding and sustaining public safety communications systems..

Emergency Communications Grant Guidance

FY 2022 SAFECOM Guidance on Emergency Communications Grants (.pdf, 1.22 MB)
This document is updated annually to provide current information on national policies, eligible costs, best practices, and technical standards for state, local, tribal, and territorial grant recipients investing federal funds in emergency communications projects.

Roadmap to the Envisioned State of Emergency Communications (.pdf, 797.59 KB)
This roadmap outlines key considerations of converging emergency communications initiatives, including systems, technology and policy. It is an educational tool and resource for program managers and grant applicants, which outlines issues and steps towards realizing the National Emergency Communications Plan's vision.

List of Federal Financial Assistance Programs Funding Emergency Communications (.pdf, 512.13 KB)
This list identifies federal financial assistance programs (e.g., grants, loans, cooperative agreements) that support emergency communications investments. It 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.

Sustaining Public Safety Communications Systems

Emergency Communications System Lifecycle Planning Guide (.pdf, 1.05 MB)
Developed in 2011, this Lifecycle Guide is intended to be a high-level review of the considerations relevant to each step of the system lifecycle and is based on a Technology Lifecycle Management (TLM) model. The guide considers relevant emergency communications lifecycle planning documents, as well as industry best practices for lifecycle planning methodologies, such as Closed Loop Lifecycle Planning, System Development Lifecycle, and TLM.

Emergency Communications Systems Value Analysis Guide (.pdf, 1.73 MB)
This guide is designed to help public safety agencies evaluate the cost-effectiveness of emergency communications systems components (e.g., infrastructure, fixed station equipment, devices, accessories, features, software and data storage). The guide provides recommendations, best practices, and a Value Analysis Checklist to assist agencies in making these decisions.

Funding Mechanisms Guide for Public Safety Communications (.pdf, 1.25 MB)
This guide is designed to assist public safety agencies in identifying funding sources (e.g., bonds, special taxes, surcharges) for emergency communications projects. The resource highlights strengths, challenges, opportunities, and other considerations for each funding mechanism to help agencies determine if the strategy is suitable for their community.

Funding and Sustaining Land Mobile Radio (LMR): Materials for Decision-Makers  
These documents provide an overview of radio systems, including information on their importance to public safety communications, as well as challenges to consider when upgrading systems.

Interoperability Business Case: An Introduction to Ongoing Local Funding (.pdf, 645.00 KB)
This document advises the public safety community on the elements needed to build a strong business case to demonstrate the need for funding interoperable communications.

Contingency Considerations When Facing Reductions in Emergency Communications Budgets (.pdf, 303.57 KB)
To help state, local, tribal, and territorial government agencies maintain or adjust their budgets in a time of constrained funding, SAFECOM and the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) developed this fact sheet to provide a series of contingency considerations to justify investment in four mission-critical resource categories: personnel, operating costs, equipment, and software.

Contingency Planning Guide for Emergency Communications Funding (.pdf, 1.05 MB)
This guide provides a comprehensive look at the considerations public safety officials must weigh when planning for or facing budget reductions and recommends actions to take before, during, and after budget cuts.


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