There are several resources available for members to obtain grant funding for interoperable communications. ALMR maintains a listing of some of the most commonly utilized funding sources on the Grants Information section of our website. There may be additional funding opportunities located at the federal grant clearinghouse, grants.gov, through the State of Alaska as pass-through funding sources, and through other government agencies and private foundations.
The ALMR grant guide provides information on applying for grants and the general process. In addition, the document includes sample language that can be utilized.
NOTE: Volunteer and local organizations must go through the State of Alaska DMVA/DHSEM for all grant funding.
2023 SAFECOM Grant Guidance (click here)
It will be of interest to any government agency or 911 center planning to apply for a communications-related project or equipment buy, under any of the variety of DHS grant programs.
Website for federal grants is List of Federal Financial Assistance Programs Funding Emergency Communications | CISA
One page summary of the national priorities for DHS grants (click here)
SAFECOM Guidance Frequently Asked Questions-FAQs (click here)
Updated SAFECOM Guidance on Emergency Communications Grants (SAFECOM Guidance) for entities applying for federal financial assistance of emergency communications projects.
It provides guidance to state, local, tribal government grant recipients on:
- Recommendations for planning, coordinating, and implementing projects
- Emergency communications activities that can be funded through federal grants
- Best practices, policies, and technical standards that help to improve interoperability
- Resources to help recipients comply with technical standards and common grant requirements
SAFECOM’s public safety practitioners and the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators develop SAFECOM Guidance and other resources to benefit the community, including a list detailing federal financial assistance opportunities, a funding mechanisms guide for public safety communications systems, system lifecycle planning guidance, and informational brochures such as sustaining land mobile radio and implementing Project 25 standards. The latest release of the SAFECOM Guidance and other funding resources are located on the SAFECOM website at cisa.gov/safecom/funding.